Andrej Uspenski was born in St Petersburg and trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and subsequently in Dresden and Berlin. He has been a member of The Royal Ballet for ten years. Andrej grew up with photography, spending much time in his father's dark room. Surrounded by the Royal Ballet's supremely talented dancers on a daily basis and drawn to capture their artistry both on and off stage, he discovered his own passion for photography. His photographs can be seen in Royal Opera House programmes as well as national magazines and newspapers.
'The photographs in this book - highlight Uspenski's considerable skill in capturing moments of art.' - Ballet News 'It's a particularly nice touch showing rehearsal and show pictures side by side - [Upenski's] photographs are stunning snapshots of life backstage as well as the glory of ballet on the stage - regardless of words, history, context and all, the gorgeous images of Steven in his classical and dramatic roles that make up this photographic record speak for themselves.' - Katie Colombus, Stage 'For admirers of dazzling Royal Ballet dancer Steven McRae...a record of McRae's performing life astutely captured by Andrej Uspenski, a gifted photographer...The bright images of McRae's interpretations are exactly caught.'- Financial Times 'Steven McRae is the most dazzling virtuoso dancer the Royal Ballet has ever shown us. For his clarity of statement, muscular resource, insouciant brilliancy, there is no national precedent.'- Clement Crisp, Financial Times