Rest in Peace, Renowned Music Photographer Alan Kozlowski: 1948-2020

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Alan Kozlowski, an acclaimed musician/photographer/cinematographer whose career spanned decades and earned him esteem throughout the artistic community, has passed away at the age of 72.

His work adorns the walls of SOhO Restaurant in Santa Barbara, California. Here’s a video tour of the photo exhibit, featuring Kozlowski and Jeff Bridges:

Kozlowki’s official website includes a detailed look at his career and accomplishments:

Alan showcased his talent as Director Of Photography in the visually stunning film “For Us The Living: The Medgar Evers Story” (1983 Directed by Michael Schultz, starring Howard E. Rollins Jr., Irene Cara, Laurence Fishburne, Roscoe Lee Browne) and the majestic award winning film “Travellers and Magicians” (2003 Directed by Khyentse Norbu website ). The latter opened at the Venice and Toronto film festivals to critical acclaim and won the Best Of Festival award at the 2004 Telluride Mountain Film Festival.

Alan has produced and directed many music documentaries featuring such diverse artists as Ravi Shankar, Jackson Browne, Kenny Loggins, and Lionel Richie. In 1986, Alan directed, shot and edited the HBO special documenting Lionel Richie’s “Dancing On The Ceiling”. In 1994 Alan was Director of Photography, co-produced and edited an intimate portrayal of life on the road in the Disney documentary “Jackson Browne: Going Home” which won the cable ACE Award for “Best Music Special of the Year”. Also in 1994, Alan was Director of Photography, co-produced and edited the critically acclaimed live performance video for Kenny Loggins “Live from the Redwoods” for PBS.

One of the most transformative moments in Kozlowski’s life and career was his experience studying music under Pandit Ravi Shankar, an experience which formed a strong bond between the two and led to several performances together in later years (also from his official website):

As a life-long seeker of knowledge, Alan began studying music with Pandit Ravi Shankar in 1978. He has performed with Ravi worldwide at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and London’s Royal Opera House. Since 1978, Alan has actively documented the major milestones of Ravi’s life and has managed his visual archives. To commemorate Ravi’s 75th birthday, Alan co-produced with George Harrison “In Celebration,” a four-CD collectors edition of Ravi Shankar’s works. In 1993 Alan directed “Ravi Shankar: The Concert For World Peace” performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall, released world-wide by A&E.

Alan Kozlowski and Ravi Shankar (

Alan Kozlowski and Ravi Shankar (

For Ravi’s 80th birthday, Alan produced and edited “Sangeet Ratna”, a documentary of the life and work of Pandit Ravi Shankar featuring interviews with Phillip Glass, Zakir Hussain, George Harrison and extensive concert footage spanning several decades and an updated visual piece was included to commemorate and honor Ravi on his 90th birthday in April 2010.

May Alan Kozlowski rest in peace. Click here to view his amazing photography at his official photography website.


  • Larry Winokur says:

    A lovely and gentle soul bursting with talent; a true liver of life for whom I have endless admiration.

  • Charles Sotto says:

    Alan, you were a special soul in the game of life. Thank you for your contribution to the world of media and photography
    Charles Sotto.

  • Jill Townsend says:

    An end of an era….. a loss for us left behind. Soft landings 💖

  • Siiter Tom says:

    Alan literally handed me my career career as a video editor. His generosity, kindness, faith, and forgiveness towards me mean more than I can ever express. Bless you my dear friend. Tom

  • Tiffany Fierman says:

    Thank you Alan Kozlowski for so many wonderful memories for those of us lucky enough to have called Pacific Ocean Post (POP) home back in the day. You created an amazing company culture and cared for each and every one of us.

    You were a kind-hearted, gentle soul who will be truly missed. 💙

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