L. Knaepen - 22/12/1944 - 19/10/2016
"Jos Knaepen, well known as *The Jazzman*
With an eye for perfection, his photography is a thing of beauty."
Suzi Price, editor, JazzReview.com/
"Jos camera has eyes, ears and heart."
Jean Toots Thielemans
"To me, the most important thing is to hold that special moment when everything on stage is in balance, when the musician is in total harmony with himself and his fellow musicians. One can feel it, see it ... that goosebump moment!"
Jos L. Knaepen
"Jos Knaepen, was my best friend in Belgium."
Belgian born, Jos Knaepen,
commonly referred to as "The Jazzman,"
became interested in jazz at age 17, after purchasing
his first LPs of Django Reinhart and Sidney Bechet
in 1961. At age 18, he regularly attended the infamous
Comblain La Tour where jazz giants performed during
their European tours. It was during this period
his interest in photography began; his professional
career started in the early '70s.
Jos was absolute the best in "jazz photography", He loved the good jazz fesivals, together we had several diners before and after the jazz concerts where he took his photos.
I lost my best friend and that hurts - R.I.P. Jos. "I love you!"
René Laanen, www.jazzmasters.nl/josknaepen/
BIO - JAZZ PHOTOGRAPHER, JOS KNAEPEN
by Suzi Price, Editor, JazzReview.com
Knaepen's photographic work continued during the
early 1980s. His award-winning action photos were
exhibited regularly throughout Belgium. By 1985,
his professional career took a hiatus until 1990
when he began again, this time focusing strictly
on jazz; the great love of his life.
Jos is routinely commissioned to exhibit his photography
at cultural events, such as the Flemish Center for
Jazz and the Blue Note Jazz Festival. This year,
he will exhibit his repertoire at the Antwerp Photo
Museum. He is also the official photographer for
the Blue Note and Middelheim Jazz Festivals.
Gaining quite a reputation in the U.S., his photography
is commonplace in Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines.
Impressed with his art, the IAJE director of education
invited Jos to cover their 2007 New York events…and
the Smithsonian Institute used his photography to
illustrate their special anniversary feature on
Wynton Marsalis. His photos have also donned posters
for Carnegie Hall.
Traveling the globe, Jos Knaepen can be seen capturing
a moment in time, for where there is jazz, there
he will be. With an eye for perfection, his photography
is a thing of beauty. How does he do it? "To
me, the most important thing is to hold that special
moment when everything on stage is in balance--when
the musician is in total harmony with himself and
his fellow musicians. One can feel it, see it--the
camera or here
to enter the site!
JOS L. KNAEPEN EXHIBITION IN KANSAS CITY
Friday, May 2, 2008 - Closing July 20, 2008
The Changing Gallery at the American Jazz Museum,
1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City
compendium of his selected
work in Kansas City
JOS L. KNAEPEN FINALIST NOMINEE FOR THE 2008 JAZZ
Finalist nominees for the 2008 Jazz Awards, the
Jazz Journalists Association's 12 annual celebration
of excellence in jazz and jazz journalism, are
hereby announced. Voting on these nominees by
professional JJA members to determine one representative
winner in each category will commence soon at
Jazzhouse.org - members should watch for emails
with further details. The Jazz Awards will be
celebrated at a cocktail reception from 3 to 6
p.m. on Wednesday, June 18 at the Jazz Standard,
116 East 27th Street New York, New York. Information
on tickets will also be forthcoming.
Excellence in Photography:
The Lona Foote/ Bob Parent Award
(previous winners ineligible: William Claxton,
William Gottlieb, Herman Leonard, Jimmy Katz,
Chuck Stewart, Enid Farber, Ken Franckling, Lee
Tanner, Jack Vartoogian, Gene Martin)
* Milt Hinton (posthumous)
* Mitchell Seidel
* Jos L.Knaepen
* Lourdes Delgad