Kerrville Folk Festival Photograph Ken Schmidt Dies in Kayak Accident

Ken Schmidt, photographer and dear friend of the Kerrville Folk Festival died in
a kayaking accident on July 11 near Comfort, Texas. He was 40 years old.

Schmidt was the chief photographer for the Kerrville Daily Times for several
years. He was known for his love of the outdoors – softball, golfing, kayaking,
and other sports.The photographer for the Kerrville Folk Festival for over 20 years, Schmidt’s
reputation for professionalism and his skills in photography had wide appeal,
and organizations sought out the photographer and his work.

“His work was excellent,” Rod Kennedy said. “He had the highest professional
standards and was in demand all over the country.” But Kennedy said as
professional as he was, Schmidt’s outlook on life was one of enthusiasm and

[This obituary is reproduced by courtesy of the

Folk Alliance

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.