My agent in California tells me when someone asks me how I am I should tell them I’m fantastic, I’m great, super, fabulous! That would be bullshit today!
My dear friend for over 4 decades has taken his height photography to the next level. I’m pretty sure he’ll get one helluva laugh from these photos. No one’s gone higher than Peter, especially with that 25 foot pole he had. The others were done just in fun. I’ll revisit Peter B. Kaplan in a week or so when I get my head screwed on straight.
While fighting in fox hole to fox hole in the 70’s and 80’s working for any publication that would take me, I finally had the opportunity to go from SPORT Magazine to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. During that time, I traveled the photographic road with Gentleman Gerry Cooney. Who knew, that with all the days, weeks, months and years that were put in, it would ever come to fruition and turn into a beautiful well-written hard cover book by Gerry Cooney and John Grady.
I had the honor and pleasure of doing the many photographs cover to cover. The sooner we get closer to publication date I will follow this up.
After returning from being out shooting during the ice storm I came inside for a break from the cold. I needed something hot to drink and since I haven’t been drinking coffee lately, I had a cup of green tea. Like every good photographer, I washed out my cup. I was blown away with the light coming in from a nearby window. I grabbed my camera and made a photo. I wasn’t happy with it so I took out a LED flashlight and placed it on a small bean bag. I cranked up the light and Voila! You know what they say, “f/2.8 and be there!” There are many great photos out there so open your eyes, your heart, and mind.
It’s a little known fact that I went to college in S. Dakota (on a football scholarship.) My coach, who recruited me in New York, when I questioned him on the weather he said, “No worries, it gets a little hot in August maybe 100 degrees with no humidity.” My next question was “What about the winter?” He said, “It gets cold maybe minus 50 degrees but it’s a dry cold.” With all due respect you can take the no humidity and the dry cold and put it where the sun doesn’t shine! F’n cold is F’n cold and I don’t like it! All photos shot with a 50mm lens at f/2 or f/4, highest shutter speed allowable, 1 stop over exposed (then the F’n meter reading.) So let me be clear… I don’t like the cold! So use the winter for your benefit and go out and make a snapshot or two. It’s my way of getting even with ice and white. Hope to see you on the road…somewhere, where it’s 79 degrees with 40% humidity and near some beautiful salt water
I was at a cocktail party with Pete Turner, Arnold Newman & JoAnne Kalish. A new photographer who just received a contract with a major magazine, was sipping on his fourth white wine and made a statement that he never blew an assignment. Several eyebrows went up. My eyebrows went up and my mouth opened. I gave him the standard number 6699 answer, “If you’ve never blown an assignment you haven’t shot enough assignments!”
There was a horse by the name of Secretariat that I photographed on four occasions. Twice from a technical standpoint, I blew the assignment. On the other two I got an acceptable shot but not a world class photograph! Ever since then horses have never been my friends, unless there were several hundred of them in a Ferrari body!
The following photos were done with a 24mm-70mm at 7:30 in the morning in West Palm. The young lady is not only a dear friend but a great business woman, talented broadway singer, and major entrepreneur. Here name is Jill Winters.
After being a working photographer for more than half a century, while giving a lecture at B&H, I said something like in the next few years I think I will convert from being a professional photographer to an amateur. During the coffee break my studio manager said “Were you kidding?, I can’t believe you said that”. Let’s be honest, I didn’t start my career in photography as a pro, we all start as amateurs except for Lew Long of course. I guess, in reality, I’m, coming full circle. Will I stop shooting assignments – no I will continue to shoot them. I find myself making photographs of the stars, my God, I did that when I was 14! The simple way to explain it is, I’m having a lot of fun in the digital world.
About a week ago I had two brand new digital cameras on my work table in the studio. One was the new Canon and the other the new Fuji. They sat there for about a week when I asked my studio manager to ship them back virtually unopened. Are they great cameras – absolutely, and are they new and improved models absolutely! Which brings us to the real question. Do I need them and will they allow me to make better photographs when the simple answer is absolutely not! Somewhere around 1973(?) my mentor, teacher, and photo God, (as applicable to black and white documentary photography) flew to Cleveland, Ohio to an NPPA event. The room the event is held in is an extremely long, and narrow. A lot like a train. I followed Gene like a little puppy dog behind him. On the left side of the room all the vendors were lined up, Nikon Canon, Leica, Minolta, Hasselblad, and Rolleiflex. On the right side of the room were the photographs that were submitted for the competition. Gene walked up the aisle looking at all the new cameras and walked back down and looked at every photograph carefully. When he got to the last photograph he exclaimed out loud, “All new cameras and no new photos!”
W. Gene Smith’s birthday was the other day and I guess he sent me a message. The reality is I need to make better photographs with the equipment I have. So to all the Ships at Sea, grab a camera, an extra battery and card and go out and shoot. You can do it and the motivation should be fun.
W. Gene Smith’s birthday is also the same day as Sam Garcia’s birthday.
It seems every day you pick up a newspaper or go on the computer there’s one story after another on who hates who, who’s shot who, or why we’re at war. It could be a little depressing.
So, every once in a while, you meet an amazing talented person. In my case I met this person quite a while ago. About 6 months ago… if you read my book you know what I mean. JoAnne Kalish’s career has gone from Sports Illustrated to Saatchi, and Saatchi to J. Walter Thompson, to Oglivy and Mather and the list goes on. There is no doubt in my mind that her relationship with Artist Will Barnet will go down in history in a very positive way. There is a great editor in London by the name of Toni Muricu. Toni took a chance and allowed me (she was not familiar with my work) to do a story for Art & Museum Magazine. Thank you to both Toni and JoAnne.
I hope you enjoy the story and if you’re not familiar with JoAnne’s truly amazing portraits please go to our website dimaggio-kalish.com.
Recently published article in the UK by Joe DiMaggio for Art & Museum’s Winter Issue 2018 PDF link below (see page 13.) Please contact us for more information.
To All The Ships At Sea – It never ceases to amaze me that an artist like Bobby Kyle can not only play an amazing guitar but write ten brand new songs in a relatively short period of time (six months)??? Bobby writes the music, the lyrics and the music for all the instruments and then compiles some of the finest, internationally known guitarists, keyboarders and horns. His ability to actually produce his own album is just another level of his expertise. As far as hardware is concerned, the best guitarist, the best drums, the best amps, and the ability to actually produce the complete album is really unheard of in this day and age. At this point, you probably think that I am a great Bobby Kyle fan, and you would be correct. You would think that Bobby doesn’t have any flaws and you would be wrong. When I ask him a simple question like, what is the name of the new album his answer is, “I don’t know”, and it drives me crazy. Please let me share a few more photos of the sessions.
To All The Ships At Sea – First things first, Happy New Year! This is going to be a very special year. I had the honor to end the last three days of 2018 in the studio, with the one and only Bobby Kyle and his great band members, Everett, Marc, Arthur,Linwood, Slam, Peter, Alan, & Joe. They were unbelievable great sessions at Mudcut Recording Studio. Twelve, fourteen hour days. I consider it a privilege being surrounded by great artists in hopes that some of their art will morph into my work. Everyone wants to know the secrets of great photography, there are no secrets. You spend 10 years plus learning the basics, and then why go on the next 10 to 20 years learning how to break them. Its the artists that make the photos. Surround yourself with talent and the great images will come to you. F/1.4 and be there. That’s a little pun for my mentors from Time/Life. As you know, I’m not big on technical stuff. The light in Alan’s studio or the lack of light left me shooting at a maximum aperture f/1.4, f/2. The 2 lenses were a 16 f/1.4 and and 50 f/2 Fuji. I can’t think of a better way to end 2018 and start 2019. Will be going back in the studio today. Its all good when you love what you do.