Bob Rado Klose Biography
Bob Klose was a guitarist and photographer who was briefly a member of the English rock band Pink Floyd. However, Klose left the band before their rise to international fame, and he is not considered to be one of the core members of the band.
After leaving Pink Floyd, Klose pursued a career as a professional photographer and became known for his portraits of musicians and artists.
I was born in Cambridge. My father was a refugee from Nazi Germany, a writer, a veteran of the Spanish civil war. My Mother a was, when they met , a Land Girl and a refugee from London suburban life. For the first two or three years or so of family life we occupied a tent pitched in the corner of a fruit orchard at the top of Madingley hill, not because my parents were crazed outdoor enthusiasts, but because an ex -army Bell tent was all they could afford. And it was handy for the farm where my father worked . Eventually we moved to the cottage at the foot of the hill where my three brothers were born.
Village schools, then school in Cambridge where I met and became friends with Syd Barrett and Roger Waters. When we eventually came together in London with Nick Mason and Rick Wright the first and shortest lived version of Pink Floyd came into being.
I made it through a science degree (just) but had by then discovered my my brother-in-law’s darkroom and a fascination with photography that had begun as an eight year old with a `Box Brownie was powerfully reawakened and `I was lost to zoology. After a number of years freelancing for the Times newspaper group( pre Murdoch),and other publications, all now defunct. I worked mostly as a “Fine Art Photographer”. That is to say I photographed paintings ,sculpture and the like for reproduction in catalogs, books, calenders and as fine art prints.