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Behind the Lens With Michael Reilly

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Meet Michael Reilly:I am a painter of jazz, when the painting is right you can see the music come through the brush. I have been painting of 25 years, Jazz to me is the perfect thing to paint; it combines both my passions.View more Michael Reilly photos at All About JazzGear:Pen, Ink, paint.Teachers and/or influences?Robert Neuman.I knew I wanted to be a photographer when...I have always loved music and jazz since i was very young, I found an old jazz photo book at the ...


Behind the Lens With Arkady Mitnik

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Meet Arkady Mitnik:Born in former USSR, Arkady combines his professional career of Engineer with his main hobby of jazz photography.Gear:A number of Olympus E-cameras with top Zuiko lenses, Canon G-12 as well as analogue (film) OM-1 OM-2 and Mamiya 645.Teachers and/or influences?Leonid Levit from Ukraine, Alik Beliavtsev.I knew I wanted to be a photographer when...Well, to be honest, I never knew it, and still do not know.Your approach to photography:Be as natural as you can. Be yourself.Your teaching approach/philosophy:


Behind the Lens with C. Andrew Hovan

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Meet C. Andrew Hovan: A devoted jazz fan since my school days, I have had the great advantage of combining many of my loves in a variety of creative ventures. A musician and writer, I have been an avid photographer since my freshman year in high school. My college studies led me to Boston and the Berklee College of Music and then I later decided to pursue a career in education. Having neglected my photography for many years, I decided about 15 years ago to combine my love of music with my passion for capturing special moments on ...


Behind the Lens With Gerry Walden

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Meet Gerry Walden: I have been listening to jazz and trying to capture the essence of it in photographs since the late '60s. Based in southern England, where I was Born, I cover as many gigs and festivals as I can manage to get to and I now have a substantial library of jazz photography. Gear: This is always changing, but just recently I have switched to a Fuji X-Pro1 because I wanted something more intimate with good low noise ability; photographers will know what I mean if they have tried shooting jazz musicians. ...


Behind the Lens With Adriana Mateo

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Meet Adriana Mateo: Adriana was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is the daughter of award-winning director of photography Roberto Mateo, who mentored her.Adriana started photographing with a still camera at an early age, and following her family's tradition, started working on feature films and advertising commercials. At age 23, she began working as an art director for Phillip Morris on the Marlboro campaign for TV commercials in South America . Her passion for camera work and her aspirations to become a film director lead her to move to New York City in 1992, where she ...


Behind the Lens With Bruce Lindsay

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Meet Bruce Lindsay: I live in the UK and specialize in performance photography. I came to jazz after some years photographing musicians in almost every other genre: rock, indie, folk, Americana, metal.My work has been featured in magazines, on album sleeves and in exhibitions. My photograph of bluesman Robert Belfour was chosen to be part of a Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition which toured the UK in 2009-10.Gear: An elderly Nikon D80 SLR camera, usually with a Nikon 85mm 1.8 lens. No flash.Teachers and/or influences? My only ...

Behind the Lens With Chuck Koton

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Meet Chuck Koton: Born into a family of photographers, I began carrying a camera around with me as a teenager. Eventually, I even set up a darkroom in my parents' Bronx apartment.Around the same time, I began my lifelong love affair with jazz. One night, I came across my older brother's copy of Miles Davis' Someday My Prince Will Come. The album's provocative cover photograph and the band's irresistible sounds guaranteed that my life would never be the same.During my junior year in high school, a couple of friends and I began taking the ...

Behind the Lens With Lorenzo Di Nozzi

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Meet Lorenzo Di Nozzi: I am a stage photographer. I live between Milan, Madrid and Barcelona, where I work as official photographer of the Theatre Palau de la Musica Catalana. I am also the official photographer of the Barcelona Gospel Festival and the Voll-Damm Jazz Festival of Barcelona. Gear: Nikon D700;Lenses: 70-200 f2.8 VRII; 85 f.18; 50 f1.4Teachers and/or influences? I was lucky...I studied with Fernando Marcos y Luciano RomanoI knew I wanted to be a photographer when... I bought my first Nikon FM2.

Behind the Lens With Pat A. Robinson

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Meet Pat A. Robinson : My love for photography began in junior high school, starting with a plastic Kodak film camera, as a means to meet people and start new friendships.I dreamed that the art of photography would be my life's work. I'm a self-taught photographer. My skills advanced further by taking photography, writing, and taking journalism-related courses and workshops. Coursework led to an internship at the Associated Press under the direction of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Roberto Borea.My experiences strengthened over time as I gained opportunities to learn my own style, composition, and how ...

Behind the Lens With Yves Dorison

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Meet Yves Dorison: I'm a independent photographer since several years only and I kept my job in a French school as School Counsellor. Most of my work consists of jazz photography. For the past few years I have worked with musicians for their press relations. I made a book with the French author Alain Gerber called The Way You Look Tonight, with 75 pictures and 75 poems (not available anymore alas! ). I currently work with a young French artist on a long run project called Photo_Graphismes, which presents a graphic work based on words next to the ...

Behind the Lens With Mark Robbins

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Meet Mark Robbins: I have been shooting for 53 of my 62 years. My college career consisted mostly of avoiding the draft (Viet Nam was hot and heavy) which I successfully did, by luck. Two years after graduating I became engaged and went into the family furniture business, which I ran until selling it in 1996. A new profession (insurance) and a new wife followed, and all the while I was still shooting. Then in 2008 I left the insurance business and went full time into photography, an I haven't looked back. Gear: Nikon ...

Behind the Lens With Becky Yee

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Meet Becky Yee: Photographer/videographer Becky Yee peels back the cultural skins to expose what's deepest in us. This piercing-yet-inviting point of view can be seen in her editorial, commercial and curated portfolios. Becky's ability to provoke confession and embrace compulsion has drawn in clients from Beijing to Berlin. Focusing on the extreme contrast of Ura (backside) and Omote (front side), the difference in space between private emotions and public perceptions are explored in her work.Recent successes with sought-after clients (Sony, Nike ID/W+K, Diesel, Puma, Moet-Hennessey, Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, Tumi, and Peugeot) are due to Becky's real-time collaboration ...

Behind the Lens With David Bjorken

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Meet David Björkén: I was born in Sweden in 1970 and I currently work as a graphic designer and freelancing photographer in the advertising market and with OPUS magazine, Scandinavia's largest magazine about classical music. I also do some landscape and portrait photography.Gear: I mainly use a Canon EOS 5D MkII. My favorite lenses are the EF 70-200 f/2.8L and 135 f/2.0L but I also often use wide angles.Teachers and/or influences? I think my main influences were classical street photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliot Erwitt, and legendary Swedish photographer ...

Behind the Lens With Doug Dickin

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Meet Doug Dickin: Experience: over 30 years active in photography, studied photography at Red River College in Winnipeg, Canada. Spent two years as a news photographer with the Regina Leader Post, two years with a government photo department, several years as a Mac Support Specialist.Gear: Nikon D700, iMac, Photoshop, Aperture.Teachers and/or influences? I was greatly influenced by fashion photographer Richard Avedon.I knew I wanted to be a photographer when... As a youth I was fascinated with Life magazine, later when I got the chance to go ...

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