May 22, 2017

Photography lecturer wins Echo Jazz special award

Early in his youth, Arne Reimer was already interested in jazz, laying the foundation for the success of his project “American Jazz Heroes”.

“I’m so glad I won the Echo Jazz special award! Particularly as a non-musician it’s something very special for me.”

After several years of drum lessons focused on jazz, Arne developed his passion for photography. He graduated his studies in photography in Leipzig (Germany) and Boston (USA). During his studies, he worked for the music magazine “Jazz thing”. In association with Axel Stinshoff, publisher and editor of the magazine, Arne Reimer created the idea for the project.

“Nowadays only artists who release a new CD are present in the media. Too bad, legends of music history are often neglected.”

To avoid being forgotten, a documentation about jazz icons of music history was released by “Jazz thing”. For this project, Arne Reimer visited the jazz musicians in a very intimate atmosphere at their homes.

“It was unbelievable to get such a private insight into the life of these musicians. For me the interviews have been a personal report of encounter – a reappraisal of jazz history that has never been there before, to leave a last document to posterity.”

Being responsible for the entire project, was a novelty for Reimer. Acting as photographer, writer, editor and project manager, it resulted in a complete product. His career recommendation for artists:

“You have to fight for your visions and be as good as possible in your own profession.”

He appreciates the well-structured course of instruction at the academy Deutsche POP, which though leaves enough space for creativity, spontaneity and interaction with the students.

“Great, that United POP & Deutsche POP gives students a professional trade to take with.”

The opinion, that passion alone leads to artistic success, is not shared by Arne Reimer in opposite to the old photographer Bob Willoughby, he once visited in south France. Motivation, dedication and discipline are the most important qualifications for success in art industry.

“The world is so big and colorful, there are so many opportunities. It’s important to work on your arts and your success and to have a firm goal.”