Gorm Valentin (b. 1944) originally trained as a surveyor. He played clarinet in a jazz orchestra, and after a trip to New Orleans in 1969, he bought a Nikon F camera and later a Leica M-2 camera. From that point on he took photography seriously. After various jobs, including teaching photography at evening classes, photography became his full-time career in 1976. Gorm has photographed jazz, rock and classical musicians, theatre, portraits for newspapers, magazines, periodicals, LP and CD covers as well as for stamps. His photos have illustrated several books and he has published many of his own books. Valentin has exhibited in Denmark and abroad and his work is represented in several private and public collections. He received Fogtdalā€™s Photography Prize in 2005.