« Mélomane et photographe,
j´arpente depuis 2004 les scènes de Suisse et d´ailleurs afin de
capter l´émotion de la musique, et particulièrement du jazz.»
Mephisto est né en 1985 de la rencontre de deux
photographes, Didier Perry et Yves Carrère, passionnés de musique et
particulièrement de jazz.
Au fil des jours et des rencontres (d'autres
photographes laissent leurs images en dépôt), Mephisto est devenu un
studio de prises de vues et une photothèque de référence pour qui
recherche des photographies de musiciens ou d'ambiances musicales.
is musical improvisation; it is the art of the moment. In the recording of
jazz, the improvisation and inventivness of this moment is made permanent
by technology, giving pleasure many years after the performance.
Photography is jazz for the eye.»
BRIAN O'CONNOR LRPS
« When I
first joined the photographic retail trade some 35 years ago there was a
widely held belief that to be a success you at least had to have more than
a passing interest in the subject. By the time of my departure during the
millennium year this statement had about as much validity as expecting a
refuse collector to spend hours excitedly rummaging through his own
domestic garbage before being able to apply for the job. Am I just another
gently vegetating geriatric reminiscing about the golden days of yore? ('Yes',
say my friends) Maybe, but is today's supermarket manager more
knowledgeable about growing vegetables or, the dreaded word, merchandising
them? I rest my case.
career path followed roughly a typical game of, Snakes and Ladders and,
yes, I did end up back at 'Start.' However, since my release from the
illustrious world of what should now be termed merchandising, not
retailing, I have re-discovered my interest in photography. Combining this
with my enduring appreciation of jazz and voila!, you have this site.»
« Jazz is there and gone. It happens. You have to be
present. That's simple.» Keith Jarret
short biography of Guy Fonck
« I was born on 28
January 1961 in Luxembourg. I got my first camera (an "Agfa
Click"), in 1968. In 1975 my pictures won first recognition at
various national and international photo exhibitions. In 1977, I
discovered jazz music and joined the jazzclubluxembourg.
I started taking
black and white photos at jazz concerts and festivals, using an Asahi
Pentax K2 camera with Asahi Pentax lenses and most often Kodak Tri-X
films. I made my own enlargements in my own dark room
In 1979, 1983, 1986,
1989, 1992 and 1995 my photos were shown at the "Internationaler
Fotosalon Zeitgenössischer Musik Burghausen" (International Photo
Exhibition of Contemporary Music Burghausen, Germany), where they
repeatedly won awards. In 1984, I participated in the competition
"Nikon Meets Jazz" and my pictures were published in the
specialized review "Jazz", published in Basel, Switzerland. This
was followed by a permanent exhibition of jazz photos of mine at the
Malakoff Jazz Café in Luxembourg and by a collective exhibition
"Carte blanche aux photographes luxembourgeois" in 1987.» more...
Jimmy Katz :
« I was born in New York City. After graduating from Bowdoin College
in 1980, I worked as an alpinist and extreme skier in the western United
States, leading sponsored expeditions within the U.S., Russia, Peru,
Bolivia and New Zealand.
At age sixteen
I heard Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey at Carnegie Hall and became
interested in jazz, collecting over four thousand jazz records and taking
the music with me wherever I went. I remember a cold night in Peru,
consoling myself at an altitude of 20,000 feet by listening to John
Coltrane, hoping that this wouldn't be the last music I'd hear before my
climbing partner, my tent and I were blown off the mountain and down into
the Amazon basin. During my mountaineering days, I developed my skills as
a photographer doing magazine work and shooting ski posters.»
Based in New York City, John Abbott has worked with
corporate, editorial, and advertising clients for over fifteen
In addition, jazz photography has been an integral part of John's
work. His photographs have been widely exhibited and he has received
numerous awards including two Jazz Journalist Awards for Photograph of the
Year (2002 & 2003). John lives with his wife, Robin, and their three
children in Irvington-on-Hudson, NY.
Jose Manuel Horna
« La Fotografía es Jazz para tus ojos
Leo Howard Lubow
« Bill Gottlieb
ranks as one of the most important jazz photographers in the world. The
breadth, depth and quality of Bill's body of work is outstanding. Not
only was he in the right place at the right time, but he is an
incredible talent, and that combination resulted in many of the most
important jazz images existing today.»
« It has been an honor, a privilege and an education to photograph
these incredible musicians.
Giving back to jazz is important to me. A percentage of the sales of my
jazz photography is donated to jazz education.»
Ron is a member of the Jazz Photographers Association and the
International Association for Jazz Education. more...
A glimpse into the jazz photography
of Skip Bolen
Shooting primarily in black and white, using only available light with a
Leica camera system, Skip Bolen is dedicated to "capturing the
moment" of some of today's most exciting jazz performers on and
offstage, revealing images infused with the spontaneous intensity, raw
energy and collaborative spirit of the
live jazz performance. This site contains an impressive portfolio of
portraits - from the soulful, young Norah Jones, the luminous jazz great,
Dave Brubeck, to new rising sensations Troy Andrews and Christian Scott
bringing down the house at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Festival. Works in progress include an architectural project that
capture the romance and nostalgia of vintage signs, landmarks, and other
points of interest shot in and around New York, Los Angeles, and his
hometown of New Orleans. more...
Jazz Photographs by Sue Storey
Welcome to Jazz Photographs by Sue Storey.
Sue has been taking photographs of Jazz musicians for over 20
The best source has been the North Sea Jazz Festival but it
all started at the Nice Jazz Festival also the concerts her
husband Barry promoted over 25 years.
The photos feature on CD covers, in books including
the Guinness Encyclopaedia of Jazz, the North Sea Jazz
Festival use them for publicity in magazines and on posters.
The photographs are exclusively mono and
taken by available light.
Guy Le Querrec
a working-class family from Brittany with little interest in
photography, Le Querrec took his first pictures as a teenager
with an Ultraflex and bought his camera, a second-hand Fotax, in
1955. With the money from the extra hours in an insurance
company, he bought his first Leica in 1962.
In the late 1950s he shot his first pictures of jazz
musicians in London. After serving in the military, Le Querrec
made his professional début in 1967 and two years later was
hired by the weekly Jeune Afrique as a staff photographer and
picture editor. more...
Page created & maintained by
Christian Boullangier, Jazz-Passion, août 2006.
Thanks to Juan.