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Flickering photology: turning bodies and textures of light

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Flickering photology : turning bodies and textures of light. / Stewart, Nigel Henry.

Choreography and corporeality: relay in motion. ed. / Thomas F. De Frantz; Philipa Rothfield. London : Palgrave, 2016. p. 51-66 (New World Choreographies).

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Stewart, NH 2016, Flickering photology: turning bodies and textures of light. in TF De Frantz & P Rothfield (eds), Choreography and corporeality: relay in motion. New World Choreographies, Palgrave, London, pp. 51-66. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-54653-1_4

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Stewart, N. H. (2016). Flickering photology: turning bodies and textures of light. In T. F. De Frantz, & P. Rothfield (Eds.), Choreography and corporeality: relay in motion (pp. 51-66). (New World Choreographies). Palgrave. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-54653-1_4

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Stewart NH. Flickering photology: turning bodies and textures of light. In De Frantz TF, Rothfield P, editors, Choreography and corporeality: relay in motion. London: Palgrave. 2016. p. 51-66. (New World Choreographies). https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-54653-1_4

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Stewart, Nigel Henry. / Flickering photology : turning bodies and textures of light. Choreography and corporeality: relay in motion. editor / Thomas F. De Frantz ; Philipa Rothfield. London : Palgrave, 2016. pp. 51-66 (New World Choreographies).

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