The Easel

Bill Henson’s Bewitching ‘Anti-Portraits’ of Ballerinas

Bill Henson’s acclaimed body of work focuses on portraiture. A new book continues in this vein, including images of young ballerinas that could have come straight out of a Vermeer – dimly lit, sometimes blurry pictures that convey an elusive romanticism: “I’ve always had the feeling that it was what went missing in the picture that counted; that thing which is powerfully apprehended but not fully understood.”