Jos Knaepen 22/12/1944 - 19/10/2016
Belgian born, Jos
L. Knaepen, more
commonly referred to as "The Jazzman,"
became interested in jazz at the age of seventeen,
after purchasing his first LPs of Django Reinhart
and Sidney Bechet in 1961. By the time he was
18, he was a regular attendee at the infamous
Comblain La Tour where many jazz giants performed
during their European tours. It was also during
this period that his interest in photography began.
Not having the money to purchase sophisticated
photo equipment, it took several years of dedicated
saving to be able to call himself a serious photographer.
His professional photographic career began in
the early seventies
Jos' photographic work continued during the early
1980s and his award-winning action photography
was exhibited regularly throughout Belgium. By
1985, his professional photography career took
a hiatus until 1990 when he began again, this
time limiting his photography strictly to jazz,
one of the great loves of his life.
Bio by Suzi Price
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