NTR – North Sea Jazz Special

To celebrate 40 years of North Sea Jazz Festival, the Dutch broadcaster NTR showed a programme on the NPO3 channel on 5 July at 23:00 which highlighted recent and classic concerts from the rich history of the festival.

One of the very special classic concerts was the Archie Shepp Quartet with Johnny Meijer on jazz accordion in 1981. As became apparent, saxophonist Hans Dulfer had brought Shepp and Meijer together and it had been the only time they had played together. In 1981 I visited the North Sea Jazz festival for the first time and, being a big fan of Archie Shepp, I had been present during this remarkable concert and taken photos.


A few days before the taping of the program I was approached by the team behind the programme to confirm that it was my photo and asking permission whether they could use the photo. I could supply them with a high-res version of the image and allowed them to use the photo if they could give me full credit. I can image that not many photos of this event are still around 34 years after the fact and I was happy to oblige. They generously left my photo and my name up for the duration they discussed this concert with Hans Dulfer which impressed my family. 🙂

My grandfather’s dog

My grandfather from my mother’s side with Ilse van de Kilstroom, his guide-dog, in 1946/1947; my grandfather was the first blind person with a guide dog in the town of Zwolle and was heavily involved in organizing the regional  office of the Dutch Blind Union in Zwolle. My grandfather and all his sisters turned blind at a later age of what we believe to be cataract although we are not very sure and it must have run in that generation of the family.

Ilse was a Saarloos wolfdog which is a crossbreed between a German Sheppard dog and an European wolf. The breed was created by Leendert Saarloos in Holland and Saarloos ran a school for guide dogs in Dordrecht.
The dog was a quarter wolf and could not bark but howl; she was afraid of fireworks and at the end of the year my grandfather would arrive home at times, drenched in sweat, as Ilse had pulled him along in a dash to get home. When my father started dating my mother and take the dog for walks, it did happen that they ran into my father’s older brother and if that happened, Ilse would do her best to sink her teeth in the leg of my uncle and she ruined several of his trousers and coats, somehow she had it in for him.

Even though Ilse served my grandfather very well as a guide dog, these family stories do make me wonder how well suited this Saarloos wolfdog really was as a guide dog 🙂

(Photos by my father on some very vintage camera)

Herlinde Koelbl Lecture

Yesterday evening I attended the lecture “Eyes Don’t Lie”  by Herlinde Koelbl which was held in the series Photomeetings Luxembourg which was just as interesting as yesterday’s lecture. Luxembourg is not London so it is important that when a few important photographers and photo editors visit Luxembourg for a series of free lectures that you make sure you attend 🙂

I particularly paid attention to the way she approached her projects. Now that I want to approach my photography also more as a series of projects, I was very happy that Mrs. Koelbl spent quite a lot of time on that subject. 

I will make sure the to visit the vernissage at Galerie beim Engel for the photos of her latest book, Targets. The photos she showed us during the lecture were powerful stuff!

John G. Morris lecture

Yesterday evening I attended the lecture “A Personal History of Photojournalism”  by 97 years old John G. Morris which was held in the series Photomeetings Luxembourg, and it was a pleasure to hear the stories he had to accompany the wide-range of photos that he presented to us. Having been photo-editor at Life magazine, Magnum, Washington Post, New York Times, etc, etc, and having worked side by side with so many of the greatest photojournalists of the last century, you can be sure that he had us spellbound for the duration of the 90 minutes talk.
I was, of course, mostly aware of all his achievements, but the one thing I wasn’t aware of were his efforts in working for peace which I do applaud. It’s clear that none of the war photographers can be counted among the ‘hawks’ and I do understand their worry that their photos might be used to glamorize a war.

I’m looking forward to his upcoming book, Getting the Picture, that he intends to finish at his centenary.