All that Jazz Lillie Howard and Company

Jazz LIllie Howard

Jazz Rich Syracuse

Jazz Harvey Kaiser © Joe DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio and Roy Scheider © JoAnne Kalish

To All The Ships at Sea,

My great friend actor Roy Scheider, when I told him that my favorite film was ALL THAT JAZZ. He smiled and said, “You know why I was so good in that?  Because I was intense, dedicated, loved women, loved partying and attacked life head on and you know why you liked it? Because you’re the same as me.” Wow, what a compliment.  Stuff like that is a lot more valuable than money.  He was truly a great actor and great guy. One time JoAnne took me to the Blue Note and we saw Alberta Hunter. Alberta Hunter was one of the greatest American Jazz singers of all time.  That probably started my love affair with Jazz and the Blues.  Then I ran into Hugh Brodie who turned me onto Kitt Potter and Lilly Howard.  Lilly was playing in NY the other night and JoAnne and I went to see her.  She was playing with Guitarist Mike Jackson, Saxophonist Harvey Kaiser, Drummer Bobby Sanabria, and Bassist Rich Syracuse three great sets.  Wow the end to a perfect week.  She was kind enough to introduce me to her son who appeared to be a very cool dude.  Like all great singers she sings from the heart and gut.  She’ll certainly bring a smile or a tear to your eye.  She has that kind of power.  As a photographer you get to meet a lot of great people which is very cool… An adventure every day, and  a holiday every week.  It doesn’t get better than that.  By the way here is some information on my recent book FILL THE FRAME.

Jazz and Blues  – you can’t tell the difference after dark

 

 

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, and the stories behind the photographs.

Book is $20 plus $4 shipping. You can pay by check, paypal or credit card (through Paypal.)  
Click here to purchase the book on paypal – https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=76BHV2D849WAS

First of many Amazon Reviews – “Where have you been Joe DiMaggio…An amazing recounting of this photographers life.  Each story is a touchstone to a period that resonates in our collective recollection of America.  It’s at once funny, sad, and charming, I simply couldn’t put it down.  A great read…” S. Simon Jacob

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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.

Xerox Assignment Saatchi 495

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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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Craig Leaper

Wow, what a great way to get my face on my blog.  Craig Leaper has been with me on several photographic adventures.  He joined us for Chinese New Year last week.  I’m very fond of a few of these photos.

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Sandra Flickstein

To all the ships at sea,

I don’t know who said it first, but I believe the quote goes something like this, “I’d rather be lucky then great”… something like that.  Well, last Sunday Chinese New Year, the year of the sheep, ten photographers got very lucky.  Sub-zero weather sky rocketed up to 40 degrees.  My God, a Spring Day!  One of the photographers was Sandra Flickstein, she was with me on a few of the workshops and certainly did a good job at Chinese Year.  Kick back with a cup of coffee…or a glass of wine, and enjoy her photos, I certainly have.

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It appears Sandra caught me shooting with two cameras. The new Go Pro and the Canon 5D Mark III  in my right hand.

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Joel Kleiner

Joel Kleiner, there’s a word for Joel in Italian.  It’s called mensch.  Joel’s been with me on over a dozen photo safaris.  He’s an absolute sweetheart, and a very accomplished photographer.  On our last trip to Cuba, he took his lovely bride Susan, and we all had a great time.  Joel tagged me on Facebook, so now I guess i’m “it.”  Be careful Joel… I’m going to have to tag you back.  Photogrphy is an awful lot of fun.  I think I’ve learned not to take myself all that serious.  Life is good, it’s all good, take it one day at a time.  Thank you Joel.

Joe D.

 

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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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My Second Rodeo

To all the ships at Sea

I was so blown away by the rodeo experience that I decided to go back and shoot some video. My camera of choice was the Canon 5D Mark III with a Zacuto finder,a Manfrotto video monopod, and a 24-105mm Canon lens. We mounted the new GoPro HD2 on the bullfighter, for a view which I call from the inside out, rather than the outside in. The footage can now be viewed below, please take a look; there are some amazing images there. Can’t wait for my third Rodeo

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Video © 2012 Joe DiMaggio