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Karen Fox is a Native of Detroit Michigan, born in 1963 to educator parents. She was groomed
at an early age to the joys to music and art. Karen’s father, an amateur photographer could
would often be seen around the city with a young Karen in tow, enjoying his hobby. This
would later inspire her love of the camera. Karen’s father, Clayton also enjoyed listening to
jazz music. And with her, again by his side, she enjoyed the intricate colors and purity of the
music. Karen graduated from Lutheran West High School in 1981. She then attended Otis
College of Art and Design, of Los Angeles California, from 1982 until 1984. She graduated
with a Bachelors Of Arts Degree in Fashion and Design, she then started working in the
fashion industry around the Los Angeles. After 5 years, she decided to enroll into the Fashion
Institute Of Technology of New York in 1989. She graduated from FIT with a Bachelors Of Art
Degree in Pattern making Technology with a Minor in Photography. Karen once again started
working in the fashion industry, this time in New York. But now armed with a degree in
photography too, she started developing the love of photography that was past down from
her dad, using New York and it’s fertile jazz scene as her muse.From 1992 to 2001 Karen
could be seen photographing New York’s jazz scene. It was clear that her two loves were
coming together, music and photography. In 2002, she moved back to Detroit, where she
started Karen Fox Photography. Since starting KFP, she has photographed some of the giants
of jazz. Wynton Marsalis,Terence Blanchard,Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins and Lewis Nash.
These are a few of the names in her portfolio. Her photos have appeared in numerous online
magazines and blogs. National Geographic Online has used her photos as it’s Detroit
correspondent. Karen is currently assigned as the house photographer for DSO Paradise Jazz
Series, as well as The Kresge Foundation, The Music Hall and The Carr Center.
Her photos are also associated with these organizations:
All About Jazz,
Jazz Journalist Association,
Jazz Times, &
Detroit Jazz Festival
Karen was granted the honor and will be shooting photos for the New Orleans Jazz and
Heritage Festival for the second year in a row in 2014. She also is currently working on a
coffee table book, that will chronicle the history of southern juke joints and jazz music. As
well a photo exhibit inspired by jazz music entitled Expressions of Improvisation.
Karen Fox Photography, is a marriage of love and passion for music and photography for over