"Toots Thielman 2007" - photo ©John Fowler, 2007. Used with permission.
"Toots Thielman 2007" - photo ©John Fowler, 2007. Used with permission.

If you've gone to a major jazz event in the last few decades, you've probably seen a man with a Nikon camera sitting in the front row and carefully capturing the musicians and the moment.

John Fowler, who recently retired as a civil engineer, has a second career as a jazz photographer. Last year, he published his first collection of his photographs in book form, "Renee Rosnes Playing Glen Gould's Steinway - Images of Canadian Jazz". In previous years Fowler's photos have been featured in exhibits at the National Library and Arts Court, for the Ottawa Jazz Festival's 25th Anniversary.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Ottawa Jazz Festival, Fowler has organizing an exhibit of his photos taken at the festival from 1991 to 2009. They include portraits of jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, and Chick Corea.

The exhibit will be held at the artsandarchitecture gallery, 1181 Bank Street in old Ottawa South. It opens on Wednesday, June 23 with a vernissage from 5 to 8 p.m. where you can meet the photographer and enjoy snacks and refreshments.

The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursdays and Fridays it is open until 7 p.m. The last day of the exhibit is Sunday, July 4. For more information see www.artsandarchitecture.ca or John Fowler's website at www.jazzphotoguy.com .