Some Things Never Change

XEROX AD

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I was in the process of shooting a national ad for Xerox and I was working with a great art director named Bob Green. I desperately wanted to shoot the ad in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but Bob wanted to shoot it in Florida. Guess where we shot it? We shot it where the client wanted it to be photographed. Why? Because he’s paying the bills and it’s always sunny in Philadelphia. Oops! I mean Florida. It was a long, difficult and tedious shoot- one of those shoots where you know you’re going to get only one usable frame out of thirty images. Everything just has to be perfect and, as we all know, there is nothing perfect in this world. Well, maybe something… Pete Turner, Neil Leifer… okay, I’m just trying to be funny. Two really great photographers. The only way we could actually get the angle that the client wanted was to get a hundred and fifty foot crane and go over the high tension wires. So at this point, obviously, I didn’t want to tell Bob Green that I was deathly afraid of heights. The way I get around my problem with heights is to put a camera around my neck, and then I feel I am protected from the elements; it may not work for everybody, but it does work for me. The ad campaign went on to win an Art Director’s award. Bob was happy, the client was happy, the buyer was happy – me, not so much. Welcome to the world of photography, where everything is a compromise.

To all the ships at sea, this is part of a chapter in my new book, “Joe DiMaggio: Recalling My Adventures from the Golden Age to the Digital Age of Photography”.

Some of the most time consuming and frustrating things when it comes to advertising photography are the one, two, and three days of preproduction, the day of test shooting, the selection of models, the half day of wardrobe fitting, waiting for the right light, lens selection, the exact fit into the layout… and when you finally nail it, there’s a combination of the two R’s – rush and relief, rapidly followed by a serious cocktail or maybe two.

Then the artwork goes back to New York, and the art department decides to write the Gettysburg Address on your photograph. I’m pretty sure they could have gotten a few more words in. It’s all good.

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Israel Travel with DiMaggio-Kalishworkshops December 5-12 2015

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Joe DiMaggio & William Shatner in Israel on Canon Photo Safari (2 min 41 sec) –  https://vimeo.com/91934213

(click to view & download) Itinerary for Israel 

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Whether you’re a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or atheist you must visit Israel. It is the Center of all Religions and all Civilizations. It is living history that one can see, palpably feel and we are offering you the opportunity to photographically capture.

In any given year millions of people visit Israel  – over a million from the U.S. alone. There are many travel agencies that specifically deal with the Middle East and the number of guides are astronomical.  Given that set of circumstances, one should ask why go with us? Internationally known photographer/filmmakerJoe DiMaggio and World Class Guide Amir Or-ly have worked together for almost three decades and have become brothers. Amir and Joe met while shooting a TV show for ESPN. The show was called The Photo Safari which Joe hosted along with co-host celebrity, amateur photographer, world traveler –William Shatner and is still being rerun on OLN network. DiMaggio felt that is was Amir – his knowledge, his humor and his ability to change course in a manner of seconds, who was the glue  that helped make the show so successful.

Joe and Amir want to extend that synergy. They want to take you on a semi-private tour of Israel and share their passion and knowledge of land along with their unique photographic experience and vision.

Some facts about Amir – his credentials are impressive. He’s escorted Heads of State, Presidents, Kings, Hollywood Celebrities, Writers, Politicians and insured that every one of them, to a man or woman have had a highly memorable and successful visit.

Joe and Amir, along with Superb Tourist Services Ltd. (a highly respected Israel based Tour Operator), have put together a program that we hope will be your holiday of a lifetime. You will return home with both a thorough understanding of the history of Israel, the land and it’s varied people, as well as come away with truly amazing Photography and Video Imagery.

http://dimaggio-kalishworkshops.com/israel/

New York City Subways

To all the ships at sea,

Anyone who’s travelled to Italy, France, Germany, etc., you have to love the rail system.  It’s amazing, it’s great, it’s cost effective, it’s safe.  The NYC Subway System may not have the luxury, but if you have to get from point A to point B, it’s a great choice.  Unless of course, you have a Mercedes Limo, a driver, and security… but even with that, sometimes with the traffic, you’re better off with the subway.  I love photographing in the subway, it’s a little known fact that you’re allowed to photograph/film in the subway as long as you don’t have a tripod (double check the law.)  A dear friend of mine, Bill DeSmedt, author of “Singularity” and “Dualism,” attached is a portrait I did of him, notice the sign behind his head.  That puts it into perspective.  While you’re at it, check out his books, they’re quite good.  The other graphic is just me having fun.  Sometimes we forget, photography is about the fun.

 

 

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Saint Patty’s vs. Chinese New Year

To all the ships at sea,

Everybody knows about Murphy, my god, yesterday was Saint Patty’s day, Murphy was all over the place.  When you combine Murphy with a senior moment (even though I’m an adolescent immature senior), you come up with Oh my God I forgot.  I wrote a beautiful note to Terri on the quality of her photographs but forgot to post them on the blog, consider them now posted.  Terri you have my apologies.

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Ira Gottlieb

Thank God!  No photos of me… that’s good.  Ira, I had a great time too.

Thanks, Joe D.

Joe,

I want to thank you for hosting a great day in Chinatown. Scoring a press pass and shooting inside the barricades was an incredible experience, and I had a blast.

You said at the start of the day to try to take 3 photos that we would not typically shoot. Here are 3 that I shot today that I have never come close to achieving before now. Thanks for the inspiration and the access.

Regards, Ira

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James O. Wilson Jr.

To all the ships at sea,

My friend James O. Wilson Jr. recently sent me some beautiful photographs that he would like to share.

Hello Joe and JoAnne,
Hope you’re in good health and high sprits wherever you are. I love that your never static. True vagabonds, without the negative connotation of course. As you already know, I’m not a social media guy. I’m great at starting emails, but they almost never go past the draft stage. Which reminds me I better keep this short (smile). I was in Spain in September and October. And since December, here in UAE. I miss you guys and would love to return to Cuba in April, especially with the easing immigration policy, but my schedule won’t allow it this go around. I’m sure the trip will be one to remember. That’s all for now.
Looking forward to attending a workshop when I return.
Ever in my thought and prayers,
Be well,
Jim
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Fun Photography

Fun photography. Fun photography.

To all the ships at sea,

What have we forgotten?  When did we forget it?  Why did we forget it?  When did photography become so important?  When did photography become fingernails on a chalkboard?  When did it become so critical that we start to tear people apart for no particular reason?  I think it’s time to go backwards, and when we go backwards, we’ll actually go forwards, and we’ll go forwards quite a bit.  I’ve been making photographs for quite a while… and exactly why did I get started in photography?  Ask yourself that question, why did you get started?  I was on a New York set for Lights Out, sitting with some great, great, great photographers;  Kenny Regan from Camera 5, Johnny Iacono from Sports Illustrated, and Al Bello from HBO.  We started to talk about photography and we all kind of giggled and laughed.  We wanted to change the world?  No.. We wanted to show the importance of an image?  No… We wanted to tear down the establishment and build up independent thought?  No…  We wanted to meet girls?  Yep, that’s the reason.  My God we were in our teens, of coarse we wanted to meet girls.  The reality is, we wanted to have fun.  Sometimes we forget why we do things.  I’ve been with the same girl for a long time, so I don’t need to meet girls anymore, but what I really need to do is have fun.  That’s really what it’s all about; and to be quite honest, I think I’ve forgotten it.  I’ve made a promise to myself, I’ve had some of the greatest teachers in the world.  They’ve given me so much to be grateful for.  I need to take all of those tools for the balance I have left on this planet and incorporate it into having fun.  The reality is I’m not going to change the world.  A journalist asked Bob Dylan if he feel like he changed the world with the songs, and did he realize how important his lyrics were.  Dylan looked at the writer and said, “Hey man, I just play music, I play music and I’m not trying to change anything, I’m trying to have fun.”  So if Bob Dylan didn’t change the world, I probably won’t change the world either, so let’s concentrate on having fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Vacation

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To all the ships at sea,

Every once in a while, you get a huge surprise, I mean huge…  and you’re not ready for it, I mean you’re really not ready for it.

While on vacation at Sloan Kettering, two lovely guys came by on Halloween to say “Hello,”  so I would like to say thank you to Dan Horton and Larry Malang.  They came by to see my one man show entitled Latex Love Art.  While I’m at it, I should thanks to JoAnne, Dylan, and David Kenney.  Thanks to everybody

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Chinese New Year Photo Walk

Come join us on our trip to Chinatown for the Chinese New Year Parade on Sunday, Febuary 22, 2015.

http://www.dimaggio-kalishworkshops.com/chinese-new-year-photo-walk-sunday-february-22-2015-with-joe-dimaggio/

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Let’s Have Fun

 

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To all the ships at Sea,

Once again I’m wrestling with the new technology.  Loving it and hating it at the same time but maybe that’s what I said about the old technology.  Maybe nothing has changed? I’m going to put together a new program. It’s something I think we’ve either forgotten or put on the back burner. That’s having fun with photography which is one of the reasons we all got started in the first place. Fun and Girls – it’s all good!