8th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival Presents: FLAMENCO PROJECT: A slideshow & roundtable discussion
Steve Kahn is an internationally known commercial and fine art photographer whose work has been exhibited, published and collected in both Europe and America. Already a student of classical and flamenco guitar in 1967, he traveled from New York to Morón de la Frontera, on leave-of-absence from a doctoral program in physics, in search of Diego del Gastor and the art of pueblo Flamenco. His 3-month break grew into a 2-year adventure that changed the course of his life. He lived amongst the flamenco artists, absorbing what he could of Diego’s musical genius and made a few photographs before his camera was lost. Upon return to the states, he dropped out of academia to pursue a career as a freelance photographer.
Thirty-five years later he is still shooting pictures and still playing the guitar. Recently he started to wonder, “What happened to all those other photographs of Flamencos by foreigners that I have seen over the years? Are they lost, destroyed, forgotten and rotting in dark closets somewhere? Where are they now?” He set out on a quest to find those images, and over the past seven years has recovered over one hundred images, collected numerous anecdotes and digitized many wonderful fiesta recordings. Steve has brought both his music experience and photographic skills to make this collection into a superb body of work. He has digitized the original negatives, restored the images and made museum quality, archival prints for exhibition and preservation.
Founded in 2005, the Festival has grown into a popular and vital annual Bay Area cultural event. In addition to several days of live performances, lecture demos, film screenings workshops and master classes, various informal gatherings provide the opportunity for cultural exchange and create a context for sharing cultural traditions and experiencing flamenco in a genuinely interactive and spontaneous environment.
“In recent years, the San Francisco Bay Area has become a major U.S. conduit for Spain’s greatest flamenco artists. […] There’s really a vibrant scene here and Nina Menéndez has become a major force [as] the producer of the Bay Area Flamenco Festival.” -NPR The California Report
FESTIVAL FLAMENCO GITANO
with Jose Gálvez “El Duende”, Kina Méndez, Javier Heredia, Luis de la Tota