Allen Spatz was born in the Washington Heights section of New York City. Like all youth, Allen was attracted to the performing arts, music and dance. His favorite genres of music are the Cuban son, salsa and Latin jazz. Growing up his musical idols were (and remain) Orquesta Aragon, Arsenio Rodriguez, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Felix Chapottin, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Joe Cuba, Ray Barretto, Johnny Pacheco, Johnny Colon and so many more.
Growing up in Manhattan, Spatz was lucky enough to frequent many of the fabulous clubs such as the Palladium Ballroom, El Corso and the Cheetah, where these and other performers entertained and thrilled their audiences. He wanted to capture the moments of these wonderful artists and decided to photograph them whenever he had the opportunity. He began to network and connected with many of his idols. In addition to still photography, he also captured some performances on video at the famous Club El Flamingo preserving a moment of artistic flair to forever be appreciated by all.
The founders of the International Salsa Museum within the community of "El Barrio" (Spanish Harlem) were so taken by Allen's work that he became the archival photographer for the museum, displaying his work in homage to Latino musicians.
Currently, Allen does freelance photography for many Latino musicians and non-profit organizations as well as for corporate and family events. He also is the Director of Still Photography and Producer for !Capicu!Film Arts and J&G Media, two independent production companies located in New York City. Credits also include various high school and cultural photography through Davis Photo Studio in Tarrytown and the Bronx Times Review.
Allen Spatz resides in the Riverdale section of The Bronx, New York and believes his philosophy is not only to be a technical master of this field, but a storyteller, capturing the special moments that make life worth living as he celebrates the human spirit. www.allenspatzphotography.com.
Photography [C] Allen Spatz
Hostos Center For The Arts & Culture Presents
Grupo Folklorico y Experimental Nuevayorquino Performing the Music of the Legendary Arsenio Rodriguez
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture presented, by popular demand, the return of one of Latin music's most important alliances, the groundbreaking Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino, on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm in a gala concert that paid homage to a true...