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Based in New Orleans.

Curtis Knapp has spent over a quarter of a century focused on his main passion, the Portrait. After twenty years in Japan, he is now home in the States. It is clear when viewing a portrait of his, that he is able to capture some small essence of the 'real' of that person. He started photographing portraits around 1980. His studio portraiture ranges across the board, from Prime Ministers, City Mayors, Movie Directors, Designers, Opera singers, Musicians, the Avant-garde, Artists, Writers and Death Row Inmates. His folio also includes many advertising campaigns, magazine covers and editorial, books and fine art images.


Inspiration? Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Alvin Langdon Coburn, The Photo-Secessionists and Irving Penn. Mr. Penn is the photographer I look up to most of all. I first met with Mr. Penn just before I moved to Japan in 1983. It was one of those moments you never forget. He went over my prints and commented some subtle points which helped me to focus more clearly my vision of photography portraiture, to this day. And he added in our talk, "You're moving to Japan. What an interesting and wonderful chance. I'd go perhaps if it was ten or fifteen years earlier." ........ Seven years later I was assigned Apple campaign for two years, based on the main image in that portfolio Mr. Penn had like years before.


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