The most common reaction to seeing Jordan Matter's photography is a bewildered, "How did he do that?" Or perhaps, the question should be more like "How did they do that?," since Jordan's spectacular subjects seem able to twist themselves into a variety of positions that seem near-impossible to the rest of us.
His first project, Dancers Among Us, was started by asking a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company to dance for him on a Times Square subway platform. Inspired by the image, the photographer pursued other performers to assemble a book (now a New York Times bestseller).
His newest book, Athletes Among Us, is based on the same concept as the first, but features football players, gymnasts, soccer players and more. It captures team in everyday situations.
"Athletes Among Us is not a book about sports," Matter says in his Artist's Statement on his website. "The athletes are a physical representation of dedication, but their drive can be applied to any field. These photographs illustrate that even when athletes are not competing, they are living and breathing their passion. They playfully remind all of us to pursue our objectives tenaciously; to never give up and to keep striving for excellence, no matter what path we've chosen."