|About Judy Kirtley|
Capturing the image...
This website displays some of my studio, concert and travel photography. Some time soon, I hope to show you my recent fine art work, some of which has been exhibited at several galleries.
I've been a professional photographer since 1985, specializing in theatrical arts, yet I bring to my work well over three decades of broad personal performance experience in the concert, cabaret, opera and jazz fields.
Actors and musicians are among those with whom I feel a special affinity, perhaps due to my knowledge of timing, breathing, phrasing and movement. This awareness helps me "see" what's happening in my own particular way – and to deliver dramatic photographic images to those who use my services.
The International Society of Bassists has called me to be their official photographer for the fifth time for their 2011 San Francisco Convention. These ultra–lively bi–annual gatherings bring together nearly 1000 of the world's best double bassists. I'm brought in to shoot the week’s final concerts, this year's concerts included, among many others, the great Gary Karr in concert with not only his long-time musical partner, Harmon Lewis, but also a dozen bass-playing friends on stage with him. Working in such circumstances – often fast–moving and wildly exciting – suits me just as well as the calm of a studio environment. Also, for eleven years, I have been official photographer for The Jazz Nativity, a show that has become a uniquely New York Christmas event. Each year, many great players and singers come together for this special production, under the direction of Anne Phillips. As a result, I've had opportunities to capture exciting images of such greats as Harold Nicholas, Lionel Hampton, Tito Puente, Clark Terry and Jackie & Roy.
Many of my images have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The New York Post, String Player Magazine, Double Bassist, The NY Daily News, Back Stage, The L.A. Bulletin, Jazz Times, Down Beat and Fifth Avenue Christmas and displayed in front of Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. I'm particularly pleased to have had the opportunity to photograph many recording sessions of talents like Steve Kuhn, Catherine Dupuis, Dina Blade, Marvin Stamm and Bill Mays. Record companies, too, have commissioned work for CD covers such as New City, Arbors and Palmetto labels.
My visual interests extend well beyond the performing arts. Corporate clients includes International Paper, Sony and law firms like Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. For such clients, I capture images of seminars, receptions, private parties and other special events, as well as executive portraiture.
I have an extensive library of stock and travel images. This broad collection covers diverse geographic regions throughout the United States including Hawaii, exotic locales in Mexico, the Caribbean, Italy and France, and an abundant and unusual detail study of New York.
Please Contact me to find out about my new book of unusual portraits with 106 images of jazz musicians and supporters. It is called Bebop Bicycle.
I'm pleased that my professional resume includes study with photographer and painter Bruce Cahn. These days, I work with digital equipment, 35mm, 2–1/4" (medium) and 4" x 5" (large) film formats.
|Judy Kirtley is available for:
Headshots and Publicity Photography for Actors, Musicians, Professionals;
Live Concerts; Jazz Photography; Travel Photography; Fine Art Photography
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