A lifelong seeker of knowledge, creator of lyrical images and music to inspire visions, Alan Kozlowski explores life through the pictures he shoots and the notes he strums.
Attempting to define Alan Kozlowski would be a colossal mistake. Because there’s more than riveting photos and sinuous cinematography in his repertoire.
More than revealing images of musicians who define the different stages of your life and moving pictures of moments that change minds and expose ideals.
There’s the flamenco guitar he studied in Spain from the master, Diego del Gastor starting in 1968.
Sitar and wisdom discovered in his travels and deeply meaningful relationship with Pandit Ravi Shankar that led to Carnegie Hall after much “practice, practice, practice” and a life-changing friendship.
Glorious tales to tell in film and pictures about Jeff Bridges, Jackson Browne, The Abiders, Kenny Loggins, and Lionel Richie that opened eyes and delighted minds.
Heartfelt journeys of survival, endurance, resilience and love that highlight such visionary world views and struggles as Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s return to his native Tibet and a multimedia tribute to Ravi’s late, elder brother Uday Shankar.
Riveting and spellbinding cinematography chronicling the lifelong friendship and immeasurable influence on pop culture of Ram Dass and the “turn on, tune in, drop out” guru, Timothy Leary, in the documentary, Dying to Know.
And dare we say innovation, foresight, deliberate and beautiful invention in the co-founding of Pacific Ocean Post? This film and television post studio sits among the languid, teasing tides of California’s Santa Monica beach, creating a world of filmic experience that ranges from special effects and animation to the beautiful marriage of digital technology and visual expression that has garnered Academy Awards for Visual Effects on such groundbreaking cinema as Independence Day, Titanic, and What Dreams May Come.
It comes as no surprise that Alan adds another talent to his list with his acting debut alongside his daughter, the Dream Child, Lily and her beloved bear, Plume, and her godfather (and Alan’s longtime friend), Jeff Bridges, in the Sleep Club original, Life is But a Dream. His wry, lowkey presence adds a delicious hint of humor to this chronicle of the road to presenting Sleep Tapes live on stage. His black and white photographs capturing their moments are warm and whimsical, showing a true care for this journey of dreamy sleep. You can feel Alan’s delight in working not just with his dear pal, but his daughter in every shot. His love of this process beside Jeff, whose spontaneity he says, “Inspired everybody else to be creative and inspired me to look at new ways to capture the experience” is palpable.
The joy of sharing the screen with Lily continues as the two collaborate on a book about her dear bear, entitled THE WORLD ACCORDING TO PLUME. These simple moments, life as it is lived, are what Alan immerses himself in with his camera, his songs, hoping to reflect each second without changing it. When he says his inspiration is the great humanist photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson — the French pioneer of street photography, master of the candid photo — you see it clearly in his work. But it is wholly Alan in every shot, every frame. His style is all his own, no matter whether he is filming, shooting, playing, collaborating with Lily, or now acting with his decades old friend.
No. Don’t label Alan Kozlowski. He’s not a category. He’s art and vision, music and exploration…
His path is constant and eternal discovery.
How wonderful we get to watch it unfold and listen to its rhythmic dance.
Experience more of the wonder that is Alan Kozlowski by visiting his website https://alankozlowski.com/