An espresso with…
Ivan Prokop

Image Credits: Ivan Prokop © Aja Dvorackova

June 24, 2018

More than a very good photographer

Ivan Prokop, photographer, graphic designer and producer, is also one of the organizers of the Jazz World Photo, a prestigious photographic contest reserved to jazz photography. We have interviewed the artist for Jazzespresso.

Who’s Ivan Prokop?
I am a Czech photographer, graphic designer and producer. I love music and that’s why I started to take pictures of musical events. My other passions are theatre and street photography. I try to find the specific atmosphere and capture it through my photographs. I can say photography is my language. Among other things, I organize art and photography exhibitions. Five years ago my friends Tomáš Katschner and Patrick Marek asked me to cooperate with them in organising the international photographic competition Jazz World Photo.
Why Jazz photography? Are you only interested in Jazz?
I’m listening to jazz music and I love the feeling of jazz. But for me it is better to say that I shoot all kinds of music. I’m looking for a way to share my feelings of music with other people. If they are happy with my pictures, it is my pleasure.
Can you tell us something about Jazz World Photo and your position in the organization?
The international competition for jazz photographers Jazz World Photo started in 2013, being organized by the photographer Patrick Marek and his friend – the promoter Tomáš Katschner, who asked me to cooperate with them. I have put together an international jury and helped them with the organization of the competition. We also organize the exhibitions of 30 photographs selected by the jury each year. This year 311 photographers from 39 countries around the world sent their photographs for the competition.
Do you have any recommendations for beginners?
My recommendation is, to not disturb musicians or listeners, be inconspicuous, invisible. The important thing is the result of your work and that is good photography.
Which is your favourite camera?
To answer this question, I would say that the mind of the photographer is more important than the camera. But for many years I’ve been using Nikon cameras and lenses. I have also been using a small handheld Fujifilm camera for the last few years.
The pic you’d wish to have taken?
There are lot of musicians I cannot take pictures of anymore. But I wish I could take a good photo of whoever.

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