Photographer Monika S. Jakubowska, originally from Suwalki in North-Eastern Poland, has lived and in the UK since and worked as a photographer and designer since 2006. She works regularly with Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind Recordings label, and in the past few months has also photographed or worked with the all of the following:
Vula Viel, Laura Mvula, Fred Thomas, Alice Zawadzki, Laura Jurd, Jacob Collier, Suzie Collier, Seamus Blake, Billl Laurence, Julian Siegel, Anton Eger, Wojtek Mazolewski, Alex Munk, Jazz Herstory, London Catalan Festival, Made in UK, the Idler Magazine, Ubuntu Management.
In April 2017 Monika offered a photo shoot as a prize draw in the Wednesday LondonJazz Newsletter and is offering to do it again. It was the second most popular we have ever run. We ran this feature about her, which included these quotes from Alice Zawadzki and Shez Raja:
“For her, taking pictures seems natural as breathing, She takes photos most days. It is something she has to do .” (Alice Zawadzki)
“Monika has taken some incredible photos at my live shows. She has an amazing talent for capturing the atmosphere, energy and human emotion in her images. I call her ‘the photo ninja’ because I rarely actually see her taking the photos whilst I’m playing!” (Shez Raja)
What is on offer:
- A photoshoot for a musician, a band or a music lover
- For musicians it can either be a promo shoot, or gig photos, or photos in recording studio, etc
- The photoshoot will be at a place and time as mutually agreed but must be within the M25
- It will be a maximum time of two hours
- If it is a music lover rather than a musician it can be portrait shoot, family shoot, etc
- All entrants must be signed up as recipients of the LJN weekly newsletter*
As Monika explains:
“The reason I’m doing this is to promote kindness and support to jazz world, to beautiful and brave young souls who decide to follow their dreams, but it sounds tacky… I really really like helping, especially young people and women in jazz.”
*If you are not signed up to the LondonJazz Newsletter a pop-up invitation should appear when you access this site.
This sounds great! Monika took some amazing shots of the Darius Brubeck Quartet @ King’s Place last November as part of the LJF. How do we enter the prize draw??
As explained in the piece, you would have needed to be a subscriber to the LondonJazz Newsletter – if you are not, then a pop-up invitation should have appeared on your screen when you accessed our website. If you are already a newsletter subscriber, the details of how to enter are on the newsletter which went out yesterday at 8am.