|Death: ||Sep. 30, 2004|
Photographer known world-wide for his master portraits of thousands of people from Miss Americas to President Eisenhower, Vice-President Humphrey and many other notable politicians and celebrities. Born in Berlin, Germany and came to America at the age of 20, with only his camera and a trunk. Over the years he further developed his talent to become one of the greatest photographers in the world. Photography was his passion, his hobby, his art, his true love. Every image had a quality, look and feel that only a Jafay photograph could have. He was one of the few in his field who mastered every aspect of photography and could take an image from film to canvas. After his discharge from the army, where he set up many of the rehab programs at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital for the returning GI's, Kurt made Denver his home. He thought Denver was the greatest place and commenced to build his career in photography and real estate.
Jafay, who was inducted into the Photography Hall of Fame, photographed more than 70,000 women over his career. When people asked him who was the most beautiful woman he ever photographed, Jafay invariably named Cordelia Stone, whom he photographed when she was 74. His photograph of Stone, a former Army nurse who cared for Mamie Eisenhower after John Eisenhower was born, is almost beatific. A wash of light illuminates her calm, nearly makeup-free face, steady blue eyes and simple, upswept short hair.
His contribution in real estate was his vision of Cherry Creek. As a person Kurt had it all. People were drawn to his charisma, intelligence, movie star looks, sparkling blue eyes and the ever ready sense of humor. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word and his elegance raised the bar for all of us. He appreciated the finest in life.
He was the husband of Charlene; father of Christopher (Stefanie) of Sequim, WA, Kurt of Sequim, WA, Jeffrey (Ruth) of Del Mar, CA, Tiffany (Dustin) Congrove of Yuma, AZ, and Jamie (deceased); grandfather of Payton Congrove.
Created by: Fred Beisser
Record added: Oct 12, 2004
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