Dave Kagan photographs stage shows so sensitively, capturing the ‘action’ in the still photo. His work is beautiful and done with a passion for what he is aiming the camera at. And it shows.
The first time I was a target of Dave’s photographic eye was during ‘Escanaba in da Moonlight’ at Circle Theatre. When I saw the show’s album, I was blown away by the moments he caught as well as our expressions. He knew exactly when to push the button! I’ve been promoting him ever since.
Dave’s photography captures such life and nuance with an astute attention to detail that makes him incomparable to others. I have never liked a photo of myself onstage until I saw Dave’s work. Kudos!
Kagan is a dweeb and a hack.
Dave’s eye is unique in the sense that he’s able to capture the artist’s point of view. Through his lens he conveys a show’s passion that could otherwise only be found by seeing the play first-hand!
Theatre is our art...our performed living art. When I consider a photographer for our seasons, I want a true artist who brings passion and love to all that he/she does. Year after year we are thrilled to hire David Kagan as he is a true artist of his craft. He captures the life - mood, thoughts, colors, and ‘feels’ - that we work so hard to create throughout our rehearsal process.
Dave tends to capture the soul of the work he photographs with a spirit and excitement for local theater that shines through in his show pictures. He has an unmatched attention to detail. If his work isn’t enough to convince you, let his personality be the selling point. Dave is a joy to work with or just run into on the street.
Dave has the amazing ability to capture the essence of our theatrical productions in such an enchanting way. He always provides a variety of images that illustrate all that goes into creating a production: rehearsal photos, backstage photos, production photos, etc. Dave is a talented professional who is a joy to work with and has the ability to put you immediately at ease. Thank you, Dave, for everything that you do for Circle Theatre and for the theatre community.
Dave has an uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time to capture the true essence of every excellent production moment.
Dave is tireless in working to capture the ‘right moments’ both onstage and off. Our theater community is lucky he’s chosen us for his retirement ventures!
Theatrical photography is difficult – the photographer has no control over lighting, action or emotion. Dave Kagan has an innate sense of where he and the camera should be to get the best shot. He freezes a moment so beautifully and captures the soul of a character and the heart of the story.
I met Dave through the local theatre community and was immediately impressed by his ability to photograph the many personalities and pivotal moments of each character on the stage. His show photos are just beautiful.
Not only does Dave’s photography capture the story being told on stage, he makes the talent feel relaxed and ‘at home’ when snapping head-shots. I’ve heard time and time again ‘I hate having my photo taken, unless it’s Dave Kagan taking the photos! He makes it fun, and I can really tell he loves his craft ... and appreciates mine as an actor!’ I could not agree more with that statement. Thank you, Dave, for your love of theatre, and for helping us capture our stories!
Quite simply, Dave, your photos ROCK OUT LOUD!!!!! Yours is truly the best performance photography I’ve seen in my 25+ years of participating in community theater. You grab the action so perfectly! Thank you for throwing your cap into the ring — I hope you become THE photo guy:)
… the photos are simply beautiful. I can’t wait to frame them for my wall!
Like theater, good photography tells a story. Like any good director, Dave has an innate ability to capture the spirit of a piece, the essence of a character, and the magic of a moment in his photos.
I love the photographs. Big difference from past shooters.
I have had the pleasure of working with Dave on many productions and I’m constantly amazed at his ability to capture the essence of a moment. The combination of his artistry and positivity is unmatched.
I’ve always been reassured when David shoots a show. It’s gratifying to have a photographer who puts the same degree of commitment and artistic integrity into his work, as we do in ours.
It may sound like a self-serving Dave wrote these glowing testimonials from these people. But if you think so than you really don’t know these people. They’d kick my ass before allowing me to write their words. Words are their craft.
Me... in full blush mode from reading such kind words.