PROFILE

Born, Garden City, (Long Island) New York.
Attended Parsons School of Design - Graphic Design / Photography Dept.
Worked as an Illustrator in NYC through most of the 70s.
1977-78, lived in Athens, Georgia.
1980 Stopped painting and started Photographic Studio Portraiture in New York City (Union Sq. studio).
1980-83 Started shootings for GQ, ESQUIRE, Andy Warhol's INTERVIEW magazines.
Also at this time, MADONNA'S ISLAND, her first magazine cover, an ADC Award for JIM CARROLL'S record cover
and REM's "CHRONIC TOWN" 12" record cover.
1984 moved to Japan.
2004-5, Moved back to America and taught at the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE, Washington DC.
Now Based in NEW ORLEANS.

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PUBLISHED BOOKS

1986 - 'PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKS' - Published by Tokuma/Japan.. Intro by Ryu Murakami & Pater Sato.
1993 - 'CATWALK, Fashion Models of Japan', - Published by Tuttle Studio Editions Boston.. Intro by A.D.Coleman.
1994 - 'Free to Fly' Charlotte Lewis - Published by Fuga Shobo.
1997 - 'FOTO PORTRAITS' - Published by BNN Publishing Co.. Intro by Slash, Preface by Shoji Ueda.
2000 - 'PRISONŐS Inside ART' - Published by ASPECT.. Intro by Timothy Leary.
2011 - 'A PORTRAIT OF M'' - (Madonna) - NEMO Publishing, Paris France.
Preface by Jeremy Ayres, Introduction by Matthew Rettenmund..
2012 - 'ICONS - THE PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY of CURTIS KNAPP' - iTunes iPad app. Published by iENGLISH. Introduction by Steve Buscemi.

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1980

Started Studio Portraiture Photography.
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1984

ADC Award - JIM CARROLL, record cover "I WRITE YOUR NAME".
* Relocated to TOKYO... (1983 - 2002).
ADC Exhibition - NYC. Award of Merit.
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1985

APA 20th Exhibition - Tokyo.
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1986

Fuji Sankei, Gold Award - Tokyo.
NNA Newspaper Advertising, Superior Award - Tokyo.
APA 21st Exhibition - Tokyo
PARCO, 1st One Man Show - Tokyo/Sapporo.
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1987

ADC First International Exhibition - 2 Awards of Merit - for 'Gillette' with Randy Bass.
DENTSU, One Man Show - Tokyo.
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1988

APA 22nd Exhibition, #1 Special Award 'Toku Sen' - Tokyo.
Rodenstock Exhibition, Silver Award - Japan/Germany.
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1989

World Photographic Exhibition - U.S.A./Japan.
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1990

Rodenstock Exhibition, Bronze Award - Japan/Germany.
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1991

New York Festival, International Print and Advertising, 2 Bronze Awards.
"La FLEUR", One Man Show ", SEIBU - Tokyo. Black & Whites.
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1992

"PORTRAITS", One Man Show, IDEE - Tokyo.
"GARDENING AT NIGHT" One Man Show, DOI Gallery - Tokyo.
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1993

"CATWALK", One Man Show, East Gallery - Tokyo.
"CATWALK", - ISSISS Gallery - Kyoto.
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1996-7

Los Angeles, CA Studio (just under 2 years), book series shootings then back to Tokyo.
Director - CG Animation & Video: Music vids & DirecTV Station IDs.
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1998-9

Focus on Japan's Music / Portraits (Luna Sea, Glay, TMR, Judy & Mary).
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2001

'PARCO BEST ADVERTISING POSTERS' - Tokyo Photo Museum, Exhibition - Group show.
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2002

'HASSELBLAD CAMERA Website' - FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHERS - 2002 - 2007.
*** Left Japan and returned home, America.
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2003-4

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE - Taught 'Studio Photography' 2003-4 - Washington, DC.
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2005

* Return and Based 'NEW YORK CITY, after 20 years in Japan.
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2006

'CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE WARHOL FACTORY YEARS' - Exhibition. IRVINE CONTEMPORARY GALLERY, Washington, DC. Groups show: Billy Name, Curtis Knapp, Gerard Malanga & Carl Fischer - Group show.
"CAST A COLD EYE / ANDY WARHOL - GAGOSIAN GALLERY'. Book / Catalogue 11/06.
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2007

'FACTORY CRAZE' A Week of Andy Warhol at the Gershwin Hotel, 2/19/23.
29 WEST GALLERY - Collaborative Armory Show Weekend Event in Chelsea. - Group show.
LUDWIG MUSEUM, Koblenz, Germany. - 'CELEBRITY PORTRAITS FROM THE ANDY WARHOL FACTORY YEARS' - Group Show: Curtis Knapp, Billy Name,Gerard Malanga & Carl Fischer. The Martin Sanders Collection. - Group show.
'THE WORLD AT LARGE Exhibition' - Brick House Gallery. Athens, Georgia. 9/ 20 - 10/ 7. - Group show.
'THE RED SHOW' Exhibition - The Darkroom - ART for ART SAKE Evening in New Orleans. 9/ 6 - 11/ 28. - Group show.
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2008

'New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund' Event. MARI GRAS ..... www.nomrf.org
FLOWERS - Interior Set Photographs in movie 'ELEGY' - and Portrait - Dennis Hopper.
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2009

'CELEBRITY PORTRAITS FROM THE ANDY WARHOL FACTORY YEARS'- TEL AVIV MUSEUM of ART - Martin Sanders Permanent Collection.
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2010

'MASTERS OF LIGHT' - Group Exhibition, Oslo, Norway.
'PORTRAITS & FLOWERS' Exhibition. at 2002 Magazine Street Gallery, New Orleans.
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2011

'IMAGE / FAME / MEMORY' - Group Exhibition. IRVINE CONTEMPORARY, Washington, DC.
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2012

Exhibited at Peter O'Neill Gallery, Royal St., New Orleans.
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2014

'BEHIND CLOSED SHUTTERS' Exhibition - Scott Edwards Photography Gallery, New Orleans. - Group show.
'Professional Photographers of Louisiana', 65th Annual Convention': Keynote Speaker, New Orleans.
*** OPENS: Salon d'Orleans Gallery - the Curtis Knapp Studio / Gallery - (Nov 2014 - Oct 2015) New Orleans. (Formally the Gradoux Gallery).
'AMZIE ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHY' Exhibition - [Curator - Gradoux Gallery, New Orleans].
'THOR CARLSON – SCULPTURES' Exhibition [Curator - Gradoux Gallery, New Orleans].
ARTISTS - 'SYLVAINE SANCTON, THOR CARLSON and STEVE MARTIN' - Group Exhibition [ Curator, Salon d'Orleans Gallery, New Orleans].
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2015

CURTIS KNAPP STUDIO / GALLERY (Nov 2014 - Oct 2015 Group Exhibitions) – New Orleans, LA, USA.
'FOTOS MUSICALES VINTAGE' - Group Exhibition - INAUGURACIÓN GALERÍA JOHNSON, Barcelona, Spain. March 2015.
Exhibition of Photographer 'WILLIAM COUPON' at Salon d'Orleans Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
Exhibition: 'CURTIS KNAPP - PORTRAITS of M' ... MADONNA - Exhibition - GALERÍA JOHNSON, Barcelona, Spain. Nov 2015.
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2016

Joined with GETTY IMAGES.

'CURTIS KNAPP PHOTOGRAPHS' - Exhibition - Boyd Satellite Gallery, New Orleans (June~July).LA. ____________________________
2017

THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MUSEUM AT THE OLD U.S. MINT

'EXTRAVAGANZZA' Group Exhibition, Toulouse, France / with George DuBose and Mick Rock.
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2018

'EXTRAVAGANZZA' Exhibition, Hotel de la Cité, Carcassonne, France.

 

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