JAK KILBY is a London based photographer who has covered a varied spectrum of work, including, Art, Theatre, Dance, Music, Portraiture, Architecture, and News & Features reportage photography. He has also written in a variety of publications on Jazz, African Music, Jerusalem, and the Palestinian issue.
Traveling extensively in Africa (Algeria, Morocco, Niger, Tunisia, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Sudan, Egypt), as well as the USA & Canada, Israel & Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and western Europe he operates a Photo Library on Jazz and 'World' Music, Travel, Islam and the Muslim world. He is available for commissioned work and welcomes inquiries by publishers concerning his stock of several thousand photographs from which this online gallery / portfolio represents just a drop in the ocean.
Jak Kilby's photographs have been published in all the major British broadsheet newspapers – The Guardian, Independent, Telegraph, and Times, as well as numerous magazines, with major contributions to Time Out, The Wire, West Africa, and fRoots (Folk Roots).
His work has appeared in over one hundred book titles including the Rough Guide to World Music; Rough Guide to Jazz; Jazz – a Photographic Documentary; An Eye to the Sound; Celebrate Islamic Festivals; Muslim Mosque; Jewish Synagogue; Christian Church; Hindu Mandir; My Muslim Faith, to name but a few.
As well as contributing to numerous mixed show exhibitions, Jak Kilby's solo exhibit ‘A Slice of Life - Ghana', opened at the Africa Centre in London. It then toured in the UK including London's ICA and the Commonwealth Institute with selections being on shown on BBC TV. ‘Camden Jazz In Time' moved from opening at the Shaw Theatre in Euston, then Whitechapel, before contributing to the British Council's ‘Britain in Brugge' festival in Belgium. ‘Palestine – The Holy Land / The Steadfast / The Believers' toured extensively in over twenty countries on four continents. ‘The Crown of the Holy City' (on Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem) moved from the Brunei Gallery in London to numerous locations and with ‘Islamic Jerusalem: The Land of the Prophets' is on permanent display at Al-Maktoum Institute in Dundee, Scotland. ‘Music Seen' ran for two months in the
Cankarjev dom, the National Cultural & Congress Centre in Ljubjana, Slovenia.
Photographs from Jak Kilby's archive were used extensively in the highly acclaimed BBC 4 television series ‘Jazz Britannia' in 2004 (repeated on BBC 2 in 2005), and in BBC4's series ‘African Rock & Roll Years' during 2005.
Have camera will travel.