Sixty Seconds vs Sixty-One Seconds

© Joe DiMaggio

To All the Ships at Sea,

All athletes love to finish the season with a win.  It’s a great way to finish and makes next year’s start all the better. Well I’m still riding the luck and winding up 2017 with a great assignment, potentially it could turn out be a major change for a lot of people.  Before I fill you in on an exceptional new heavyweight boxer,  I will tell you a story about a one hour photo session with Mike Tyson,  former heavyweight champion of the world (see more details Tyson chapter in my book FILL THE FRAME  link below.) 
It is very rare when more than one publication comes together to glean a photo but it happened here.  I negotiated for INSIDE SPORTS Magazine, a one hour shoot with heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson, which was to be at 5:30 am at the Plaza Hotel.  He shows up with an entourage and his body guard tells me I have 60 seconds to take the photo not 60 minutes.  As I prepare to do a verbal dance with him he looks at his watch and goes 57…56… I pick up my camera (the lights and background were set up 2 hours earlier.) My first 9 frames – there’s a technical word we use in photography, “sucked.”  The bodyguard said 28… I stopped shooting, and look at Mike and I ask if he was angry and he said, “Yes.”  I said, “Why don’t you scream?” I stepped back and he did, while I made 2 frames.  It became an iconic portrait of Mike Tyson.
An old friend Randy Gordon, also known as the “Commish,” now on SiriusXM radio with another longtime friend boxer Gerry Cooney,  gave me an assignment to photograph heavyweight Michael Coffie’s first professional fight with a follow up later this year with a studio portrait.  I drove to the Sands Hotel and Casino for a 6:00pm start, got there at 4 and like all events, you play the game, hurry up and wait. The credential desk didn’t open till 5:45 or 6:00 and start turned out to be at 7:00.  My fight was scheduled for the 3rd and was moved to the 7th. I photographed the undercards just for practice.  How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice practice practice.” As the fight was about to start I looked into the ring and asked my buddy how much this guy weighed, he said 240. There’s only one heavyweight.  Before I know it, the fight starts and lasts 61 seconds. Not much time to get the definitive action photo. Got the punch, good news, bad news, didn’t really see it.  Note, my position. I hope the studio session goes a little longer than 60 or 61 seconds. But like a good boy scout, you always have to be prepared.  Hope to see you on the road again…  For those of you who want to know…Canon EOS 5D Mark lV 24-70 1/1600 sec f/3.5

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Front Cover FILL THE FRAME

“Recalling His Adventures as a Working Photographer from the 60’s to present day. The book describes his career working for publications such as SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, TIME MAGAZINE, HBO, rapidly followed by a brilliant career in Corporate and Advertising.  It’s also about how photography has evolved over the years.”

FILL THE FRAME goes into detail about the many people he has photographed – celebrities, sports figures as well as so many others and his experiences working with them as well as the stories behind the photographs.

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Good News, Bad News

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© Joe DiMaggio

To all the boxing fans and ships at sea,

The good news is this was voted one of the most dynamic boxing photos of all times. Sport Illustrated cover, Time Magazine photo of the year. Bad news? Every boxing photo taken after that had to exceed it. Not so easy. Right place, right time, right light, right exposure, right angle; twenty plus years of experience and a little bit of luck, too. Of course, my dear friend Gerry Cooney hates the photo. The first time he walked into my studio, he walked over past me without saying a word, stood in front of the photo, shook his head and said a few words in Gaelic which I can’t repeat. I said, “Gerry, ___ happens. You never see it coming.” He said, “You are an ____ hole.” I saw that one coming. I looked back at him and said, “Then why didn’t you duck?” We obviously never talk about the photo. Attached you will find a short film on Gerry, you may find it answers a few questions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2ch7NQ5n_o&sns=em

Fight Night with Gerry Cooney

Gerry Cooney © Joe DiMaggio

Gerry Cooney © Joe DiMaggio

To all the ships at sea,

You could probably count on one hand the number of your really dear friends. Gerry Cooney and I have been friends for a long time. It’s a lot like black and white: I’m black and he’s white, then I’m white and he’s black. We don’t agree on many things, but the one thing we agree on is that children in need can use our help. Gerry has dedicated part of his life to YCS and he was gracious enough to ask JoAnne and I to come aboard. We thoroughly enjoy making art work from our sports library and having that work auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going to the children. Stuff like that just makes you feel really good and, lets be honest, there are plenty of things that could make you feel a little not so good. It’s a time where old friends and celebrities come together. This particular evening we had Chuck Wepner , Paulie Walnuts ( Tony Sirico on the Sopranos), John Moss Sr., Jr., and the grandkids. We had our new assistant join us and she volunteered some of her art work, obviously on a no charge basis. It was a great evening, can’t wait for next year.

Hope to see you at forty fathoms,

Joe D.

P.S. Never let it be said that, late on a Thursday afternoon after two hours at the gym and six hours editing, I am a little flaky. Forgot to mention: Chuck Wepner was the model for Sylvester Stalone’s “Rocky”.

JoAnne Kalish and Paulie Walnuts © Joe DiMaggio

JoAnne Kalish and Paulie Walnuts © Joe DiMaggio

Paulie Walnuts and Gerry Cooney © JoAnne Kalish

Joe DiMaggio, Paulie Walnuts and Gerry Cooney © JoAnne Kalish

John Moss Sr. and Joe DiMaggio © JoAnne Kalish

John Moss Sr. and Joe DiMaggio © JoAnne Kalish

John Moss Sr., Joe DiMaggio, and Gerry Cooney © JoAnne Kalish

John Moss Sr., Joe DiMaggio, and Gerry Cooney © JoAnne Kalish

Joe DiMaggio and Elizabeth Bauman © JoAnne Kalish

Joe DiMaggio and Elizabeth Bauman © JoAnne Kalish

Chuck Wepner © Elizabeth Bauman

Chuck Wepner © Elizabeth Bauman

Gatti vs Leija Fight Actor Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts Gaultieri from HBO Sopranos)

Gatti vs Leija Fight
Actor Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts Gaultieri from HBO Sopranos)

Fight Night June 18th, 2016

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© Joe DiMaggio

“I’m inviting you to join me at a boxing benefit. Step into my corner to help some great kids!”

This year’s event will be hosted by and showcasing Gerry Cooney, will feature amateur USA Boxing Federation bouts, and will include special appearances in the ring by Governor Richard Codey and Michael Costa.

In addition to general and ringside admission seats, we are offering a Pre-fixe “Fight and Dinner Package” at the Zylo Restaurant at the W Hotel.

Money raised at the event will directly help to make the dreams of a safer and happier life come true for the children of the Youth Consultation Service.

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To all the ships at sea,

I was honored to be the official photographer of the third annual Gerry Cooney fight night. It’s an absolutely great event and it will help children. It doesn’t get better than that, it really doesn’t. If you sign up, mention my name and you can assist me at ringside.

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Happy Birthday Gerry

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To all the ships at sea, 

I would like to share a little story about my 35th birthday.  Gerry Cooney showed up at my studio and delivered a beautiful birthday gift.  The box was unbelievably light, but it was wrapped beautifully, it had a beautiful card. I opened it up, and it was a black negligee, size petit.  I said, “Gerry, I’ll never fit in this.”  He said, “you’ll figure out something to do with it.”  So Gerry, happy 29th birthday… oops, I mean 39th birthday, oops.  You’ll always be forever young.  In writing my memoirs, I have four chapters on Gerry Cooney, my publisher is insisting I get them down to one reasonably large chapter, which I will do.

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©JoAnne Kalish                                                      One point low blow.

 

Gerry Cooney

To all the ships at sea,

As the line goes, “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?”  Well, the short answer to that is, as my friend Willy Nelson would say is, “On the road again.”  Haven’t had any time to do any blogging, tweeting, or social media, and if I did have time for that, I was probably having a martini, and once I have a martini, I don’t feel like blogging.  Guess what… I haven’t had a martini yet today.  Let me share one of my old friends with you.  Gentleman Gerry Cooney, the number one heavy weight champion a few years back. He’s not only one of the sweetest men God put on this Earth, but his love of his fellow man and especially children is amazing.  He’s dedicated himself to YCS which is an organization that takes care of the children that have been neglected by everybody.  They’re success rate is totally astounding.   Great people going great work, and making great children into great men and women.  It’s truly a beautiful thing.  If we all lived our lives that way, this truly would be a paradise.

Each day YCS cares for approximately 1,500 children, by providing either residential care or in-community and in-home services. Some of the children are separated from their loved ones and have been affected by trauma, others are unable to live at home because of intellectual and developmental disabilities that adversely affect their behavior. Whatever the child’s special education, mental health or behavioral health needs, the caring YCS staff is prepared to offer individualized services to both the child and family. With your support, we can help our children find hope, and cultivate strength and resilience for a brighter future.

http://www.ycs.org/

 

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Cooney and Kalish, getting ready to rumble.