Artist Will Barnet

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Today is special day, as it would have been Will Barnet 105th birthday. It is a well-known fact that Will had a crush on my partner, the great photographer JoAnne Kalish who introduced me to Will. I will always think of Will Barnet as a great artist, a visionary, a great teacher and dear friend of both JoAnne’s and myself. In my eyes Will could do no wrong just like another great artist friend of ours Dennis Wheeler. 

As a working photographer for many years, I’ve heard plenty of negatives things about my work and a lot of great things.  With 30 seconds left on this planet, one of the things I’ll always remember, after showing Will some of my work, is he looked at me and said, “you are not a photographer, you are a painter. ”   Ok, I am ready to go to heaven…. 


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Hugh Brodie’s Birthday Party

To all the Ships at Sea,

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I’m the luckiest guy in the world.  I have great friends all over the world from all walks of life! One of my older friends is Hugh Brodie who is a great musician, singer, writer, and plays one helluva Sax.  The hell with rock and roll.  The women all love him!

Brodie was dealt a bad hand.  His last visit to the hospital the Dr. gave him less than 6 months.  That was 18 months ago. The last time we visited Brodie he didn’t look good. Much to my surprise, for his Birthday celebration he not only looked great but sounded great. It may not have been Carnegie Hall but it was fabulous to have been there.

Brother Brodie we will always love you!  Here’s a short clip from the day




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Hugh Brodie © Joe DiMaggio

“New Photography” on Saatchi Art

There is a rumor out there that my very dear friend and partner are married. I’m not going to comment on that, it is just not my place. When I think of JoAnne, I never think of her as a woman photographer. I think of her as a great photographer. She has a huge talent and a very small ego. I doubt she would put this on her blog but I am going to put it on my blog.

JoAnne was featured on Saatchi Art with one of her iconic photographs.

On behalf of chief curator Rebecca Wilson and the Saatchi Art curation team, I’m very pleased to let you know that your work has been chosen to be featured in the New Photography Collection on Saatchi Art’s homepage. You can see the collection here:  “

Fanny and Pear ©JoAnne Kalish 72 dpi R e

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My Saatchi art account can be found through and JoAnne’s can be found through


Albert Maysles Documentary Filmmaker

Albert Maysles Home © Joe DiMaggio7580e

Al Maysles © Joe DiMaggio

Al Maysles © Joe DiMaggio

Al Maysles © Joe DiMaggio

I remember the day, the time, and exactly where I was the day JFK was killed.  I remember the day, the time, and exactly where I was when W. Gene Smith passed away.  Well, I’m sitting in my studio and it’s 3:25 PM, the first sunny day in weeks –  a blistering 34 degrees and I just found out that Albert Maysles passed away.

In my humble opinion Albert Maysles was the father of modern documentary film along with his talented brother David.  They did some amazing films over an illustrious career that spanned six plus decades.  My son Dylan interned with Al.  We attended a cocktail party and Dylan introduced me to him.  It was like meeting royalty.  It never ceases to amaze me the greatest talents can also be warm, lovely, not pretentious people.  I asked Al for some advice on my film “In This Corner” and he became a technical adviser for me .  He was kind enough to invite us to his home where we did a short interview and a few still photographs which I will share with you.

The world has lost a great filmmaker and a great man!  There is no doubt in my mind that Al is now shooting a documentary with another great director.

Albert Maysles with Joe DiMaggio © Dylan DiMaggio

Al Maysles with Joe DiMaggio © Dylan DiMaggio

Art By Wheeler

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© Joe DiMaggio

Dennis Wheeler is one of the finest artists in America today. He has to his credit: his work is in the permanent collection in the Museum of Modern Art, and his artwork is in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. When he talks about Andy, he’s not talking about Andy Rooney; he’s talking about Andy Warhol. He also has 40 Time covers to his credit. He’s one of the smartest and most creative people I’ve ever met. Extremely bright, creative, and quite humble. If you ever have an opportunity to be in Hillsdale, stop by his gallery. It’s absolutely awesome. And he makes a mean martini! How bad could it be?

Have a great day, Joe D signing off.

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© Joe DiMaggio

Paul Laddin Sends Joe a Poem

Hi to all the Ships at Sea,

There are hundreds and maybe thousands of photographers and filmmakers that make a lot more money, than I do. I’ll tell you what I’ve got though, I’m the richest man in the world because I have so many beautiful and special friends. My friend Paul Laddin is a true Renaissance man. He’s been a working artist for the last 6 decades. At one point in his career he was one of the original Madmen in the advertising business. He’s won many many awards for his talents. With all of that, he is just a regular guy and beautiful person. After a conversation we had, he sent me this poem and I’d like to pass it along. If you go to and click on Paul Laddin you can see some of his artwork.

Photo tip for today: anytime you’re photographing snow, always remember to open up 1.5 stops; no one wants to see grey snow and…and while you’re at it stay away from the yellow snow.

Poem by Dylan Thomas,

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Dylan Thomas

All the best,
Joe D

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