I met Jack at the 2016 Ascona Jazz Festival and, by watching him working, I was capable to appreciate his care for the atmosphere on stage and his search for the right moment. His youth does not prevent him to see music with an expert look and it was a pleasure for me to cooperate with him during the same festival. He definitely is an accurate photographer, capable of transmitting the actual feeling of a precise moment.
> Luca Vantusso
Who’s Jack, exactly? Hello! My name is Jack An (An Jae Kyung is my Korean name) and I’m based in South Korea. I became a photographer because I wanted to take pictures of the musicians I liked, then I went on my long personal project, that is to travel for shooting jazz festivals around the world.
Why did you choose to work in jazz? Are there any other photography genres you perform? The answer is quite simple. The first time I listened to jazz I was in high school and, since then, I really like to listen to jazz music. I even dreamed of being a musician, but I realized that taking photos gives me more precious moments. Of course, sometimes I worked in Korean traditional music field, which is called gukak.
Would you like to share with us an anecdote connected to your relationships in jazz world? Although I started photography to take pictures of the musicians I like, I realized that there’s more story in a concert. Before Ascona Jazz 2016, I never experienced a 10 days’ festival. So, after 5 days, I felt like my pictures looked all the same, and I didn’t have any idea about how to take them. I looked at the audience and observed them for a quite long time, and then I shot this picture. I then realized that the audience fills the festival, and makes a mood. They’re not just part of the festival but they are the actual stars.
Do you have any suggestions for people starting to take pictures? Find the subjects you like and shoot, shoot, shoot!
Which is your favorite camera? Nikon D750, cause it’s the first camera I bought. As you know the first moment is hard to forget.
Is there a picture you wish you had taken? If I have airplane tickets, I hope to travel everywhere, every country if they have jazz festivals, no matter how big it is, how great the line-up. Every jazz festival has its own spirit. If I have chance, I would like to go and take a picture for Hollywood in Vienna which is a famous gala show for film music.
In a very short time you will attend Jarasum. What do you expect? Jarasum International Jazz Festival has a special theme every year, focused on one country. Last year it was on France and this year is on Israel. I think it helps to understand jazz. I’m looking forward to seeing people’s faces at Israel jazz night sky in autumn.
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