For what seems like an eternity, I would go out and make a photograph at this time of year for next year’s Christmas/New years card. JoAnne would print them and we would write them out long hand, put them in a beautiful envelope, and mail them. I guess when the digital world came up and bit me on the ass, it became very easy not to do that anymore. I believe the term in “snail mail”. There are many holes and inadequacies in the digital world, and I believe this is one of them. And unfortunately they got me hook, line, and sinker. To be very honest, I’m ashamed of myself. I vow that next years I will be sending out real cards, with real envelopes, and real stamps. Unless of course, I never get around to it. My bad! Haha.
The above card from Doug and Terry is probably the best Christmas card I’ve ever received. I absolutely love the card and more important I love those two guys. Well, stay warm, cuddle up to the fire, have a cup of tea, screw it! have a manhattan or a martini or a glass of wine. Love you, merry Christmas and happy new years! Joe DiMaggio
Below you will see my digital card. And before you ask, yes; that is me in the background.
I believe the expression is “some things old and some things new” hell, it’s just another cliché. I’ve been in the process of working with the Museum of Modern Art in Ecuador. This is one of the photographs that was selected by the curator Christina Carrasco. I find it extremely difficult to talk about my work.
My teachers, mentors, and photographic Gods, all taught me that it’s all about the image. Less is more. If you need the words to describe it, maybe it’s not good. I genuinely believe that. This is not a description of the photograph but rather just a time period. Back in the day, I was working on a book on America and I found myself at the University of Arizona in Tucson. I ran into the great-great grandson of the gunfighter/dentist Doc Holliday and his lovely wife. I believe when I met him he was 84 years old. We were going out to shoot and he agreed to contribute to the book on a photographic basis. My model, said to me “before we go shoot I have to model for an art class for 45 minutes , would you like to tag along?” I said “sure”. I took one frame, and thats it! See you on the road again. Joe D
Approximately three decades ago a fellow photographer from the Daily News turned me onto a beautiful, bright, creative, dynamic, and intelligent woman. At that time we were shooting a project on America and Luisa Weinstein agreed to participate in the project. One week she’d play a doctor, the following week a nurse, then an EMS driver, a veterinarian, then a flight attendant (which she was in real life with Eastern Airlines). Born and bred in Minnesota/North Dakota, an absolutely wonderful human being.
I have several friends that remind me that my blog is not a place for an obituary. I understand the reasoning. What we did today was celebrate her life and did not dwell on the fact that she’s no longer on the planet the way you and I are at this particular moment. I chose to believe that she’s moved to another level of consciousness. The reality is, no one really knows.
The photographs in this blog were taken by my best friend JoAnne Kalish. My photos of Luisa are predominantly Kodachrome and Tri-X. In the next few months I will locate the artwork, digitize it, and do a proper representation of who this beautiful woman was. Not to say that JoAnne’s photos are not great, they’re just not mine. Luisa, we love you then and we love you now. Enjoy your voyage to infinity.
Somewhere around a dozen years ago, I was photographing a great boxer by the name of James Moore. I asked James who I had to talk to to get credentials and he said, “Call Bob Mladinich.” Which I did, (I was 100% sure I didn’t know who Bob Mladinich was.) So, we started with some small talk and he said, “Do you remember me?” and I said, “No.” He said, “You know my brother Charlie, and I was in you home with Gerry Cooney many years ago in the 1980s”.
Bob Mladinich is one of the most amazing people that God put on this earth. When he walks into a room he makes quite a presence. I believe he is 6’7″. My god, he’s a big man. I call him “Big Bob” and he calls me “Big Joe.” I’m a peanut compared to him. I remember one Saint Patty’s day, we were shooting a fight at Madison Square Garden and we were close to the beginning of the fight when the door opened up and Bob walked in and about 2,000 people took a breath. As I said; great writer, great detective, great father, he’s just one amazing individual.
I decide I’m going to watch “The Irishman” with some little known director like Martin Scorsese starring Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and yes, Bob Mladinich and his dear friend Larry Mazza. We all worked together on several short films on the Mafia a few years ago. I vividly remember the Albert Anastasia murder in New York, at the Park Sheraton Hotel on 56th street and 7th Avenue. Bob played Albert Anastasia’s body guard, and he absolutely stole the scene. He went from a gold shield detective on the NYPD to a body guard. Life is really amazing. You can’t make this stuff up.
It never ceases to amaze me how much I don’t know about a particular person or event. Oh my God, after three decades? I just had the pleasure of doing an interview with my dear friend Gerry Cooney on his SiriusXM radio show. If you have a few minutes I think you will thoroughly enjoy the interview. It’s serious, light, funny, and most of all very truthful. When Gerry and John Grady wrote the book, I presumed that it was going to be a typical boxing book. It’s not! Gerry shares not only the good, but the bad, and the ugly about how he became the number one contender for the heavyweight crown. I’d like to thank them both for allowing me to illustrate the book cover to cover. It was a privilege. Now anybody who knows me, knows that I can be pretty meticulous when it comes to my work. Each photograph was as close to the “p-word” as possible, all done in full color. The publisher made the decision to gang the artwork and converted everything to black and white. I was not a happy camper! Hopefully on the next edition they will allow me to redo the artwork in black and white so it’s crisp, clean, and sharp. Gentleman Gerry, a contender in the ring, a champion in recovery, and my dear friend. Below you can listen to the interview
To all the ships at sea, Khalid “Pure Gold” Twaiti just won his sixth gold in a row. His record is now 6 wins, 3 knockouts, and 0 losses. I just had the opportunity to photograph Khalid Twaiti, AKA “Pure Gold”, in Brooklyn winning his sixth consecutive gold at 127 pounds. I started photographing Khalid when he was eight years old. He is now 23. My god, he’s come a long way. There is no doubt in my mind, in the next twenty to thirty-six months, Khalid will be champion of the world. I have no doubt about it. He is totally dedicated to his boxing. His trainer, Don Saxby, the two of them are like my brothers. When we get together there is lots of talk about spirituality, positivity, and the beauty of differences. I really don’t want to be dramatic but Khalid, Don, and myself are opposite in many ways. Boxing, is not necessarily the thread that binds us together. The three of us are radically different, yet we are true brothers. Maybe, just maybe, the rest of our brothers and sisters should take a lesson and, just maybe, we will have a better world. (I hope this is not too mushy). As my friend Willy Nelson would say, “I’ll see you on the road soon”. -Joe DiMaggio
Growing up in Greenwich Village the only prejudice in my family was the disdain of cats. Like most prejudices it comes from what you hear as young person. I was taught to love all fellow human beings and treat them equally as we are all brothers and sisters. Approximately 30 years ago, and because our son wanted one, we adopted a cat and I fell in love. His name was Mask.
Fast forward a number of years…while running back and forth from the studio the other day to my old office, which was severely back lit, I came out and discovered our most recent cat Mia sitting watching me with a huge amount of sidelight. I quickly grabbed my Xt3 with a 50mm lens already on it. You know what they say less is more…
To All the Ships at Sea and to My Friends and Family
On Monday October 21st at 7:30 PM eastern standard time, on SiriusXM Fight Nation 156 radio, I will be interviewed by Gerry Cooney and Randy Gordon about Gerry’s new book written by Gerry and John Grady.
The name of the book is GENTLEMAN GERRY – A CONTENDER In the Ring A CHAMPION in Recovery. Over my career, I’ve had the pleasure of contributing to many books. This one is quite special to me. With no plan Gerry and I took this trip together. At the time there was no rhyme or reason. When Gerry and John asked me to illustrate the book I was obviously honored. This book is unlike any Sports or Boxing book you’ve ever read. It takes you deep into Cooney’s personality, the difficulties he’s had, and how he’s addressed them and beat his demons. We all have baggage take it from me, I have plenty. It’s all about how we deal with it. It should be a very entertaining interview.
Please tune in Monday October 21st at 7:30 PM eastern on SiriusXM Fight Nation 156.
Acknowledgements – “We also thank the legendary photographer Joe DiMaggio (http://joedimaggiophoto.com) for providing all of the photos found in our book. Your professionalism, support, and contributions are cherished – and your friendship even more so.”
By now you probably know that I have a deep abiding love for not only photography but my family and my friends; and I count Cuba as one of my friends. The Cuban people are absolutely amazing. there’s so much more there than just old automobiles and cigars. Both JoAnne and myself will probably be doing our last commercial photo trip to Cuba. That is not cast in bronze. Please don’t quote me, but if you reside in the better part of 40 states, there’s a good possibility that your home, driveway and front yard may look a little bit like the above photo in January. If you would like to join us and avoid the miserable weather, I think it will be an awful lot of fun, extremely rewarding, and a trip you will never forget.
“I must say, that from all the pictures ive edited of this tragedy, this quickly rises to the top.” – Charlie Borst
To all the ships at sea,
It’s hard to believe it’s been 18 years since the attack on the World Trade Center. September 11th, 2001. While I was living in New York City they put up the World trade Center and half the people in the West Village were unhappy. It messed up the radio signals and television signals, and originally it was considered an eye sore.
Well, you get a little older and wiser and you realize how beautiful those two buildings were. A very dear friend of mine and the son of the greatest editor I ever had, Sally Lloyd and Richard Steedman went on to open the stock market which in my opinion was the greatest stock agency. The son of Sally is Andre Llyod, his father is Harvey Lloyd, one of the greatest photographers of our time. Andre was married with his first wife in the towers, and JoAnne and I stayed at the Marriott. Less than a year later, it would have be destroyed. I was finishing an 8 mile run and an automobile pulled up and said “Did you hear? A plane just hit the twin towers.” I could already visualize a plane hitting it. I was a half mile from my home, I got there in enough time to turn the TV on and see the 2nd plane hit the other tower. It was a terrible feeling. I looked at my camera bag, started to make a dash for it and realized that it was just not going to happen. 70 miles from Battery Park, not going to happen.
I would like to share with you what I consider one of the greatest photos ever taken today, in a candle light vigil for the 3000 brothers and sisters who died on that tragic day. The photo was taken by JoAnne Kalish. One frame, one shot on Kodachrome. The only thing I had to do with the photo was to edit it because JoAnne had driven to an assignment in Boston six days later.
Here’s the photo of a very dear friend of mine, Terry Patrick Farrell.