The Jazz Gallery is proud to present the photographs of Jean-Jacques Abadie from February 11th – May 15th, 2017.
An opening reception will be held on February 11th at The Jazz Gallery to welcome the artist. We hope you can join us for this very special occasion.
I was born in 1959 in the south west of France, in Gascony, where I am still living. I became a teacher for primary school when I was very young, so I could spend my holidays travelling. That led me to practice photography, as many travellers do, and to learn geography at University in the early 80s. I am now history and geography teacher.
In the 90s I started family life and photographed nature, life, landscape … in Gascony and the Pyrenees Mountains. Even if my area is very rural area, cultural life is very rich and I took lots of photographs for friends, local actors, musicians, or festivals. All that work resulted in many local exhibitions since 1998.
The house that my great grandparents and grandparents built, and where I have been living for 30 years, is 5 miles from Marciac! Ten years ago I had the opportunity to get an accreditation for the Jazz Festival of Marciac, an amazing festival in a 1400 residents town, where every summer the greatest jazz musicians play over two weeks. So I could practice live music photography, in the best conditions, working year after year, surrounded by so many professional photographers.
Every summer I have had the incredible chance to sit 10 feet in front of Ahmad Jamal, Chucho Valdes, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Zorn, Charles Lloyd, Snarky Puppy, Joshua Redman, or Wynton Marsalis (the festival godfather), and so many others.
As I am not a professional photographer, no media, nobody in the festival crew expects any picture from me. I am completely free. For years I used to photograph only for me, for friends, or some exhibitions – the last one was called Chamanes, because according to me musicians are in contact with mysterious and spiritual forces. When sometimes I gave the musicians photographs of previous years, I saw very often their surprise in front of their image, what they like or what they prefer not to see, even if it was for me a good photo; that had a great influence too on my photographs.