|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.”
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To All the Ships at Sea,
Years ago, I coined a phrase – “Shooting from the inside out rather than the outside in.” The concept is a simple one. I will share a story that one of my mentors, the great photographer, father of modern photojournalism, W. Eugene Smith told me. Smith, once explained to me his thought process behind his famous LIFE Magazine photo essay on the coal miners of Wales. He would first enter the mines without a camera and learn what they did, in the conditions they did it in, breathing in the same deadly air which caused black lung disease. After he gained their trust, only then did he bring in a camera.
On both our upcoming Trips we will have an opportunity to record and experience the heart and soul of the Cuban people. We will do everything we can, to have you experience Cuba as if you were part of their Society. Humanitarian Traveling is about meeting and learning about other countries and people and experiencing the world around us.
The tour is also perfect for non-photographers to join us as well, although it is customized for photographers.
To All the Ships At Sea –
My agent in California constantly to keep me to keep my big mouth shut. I think it’s hard to put both feet and elbows in your mouth at one time. It seems like I keep doing it. Maybe it’s the way I was brought up. I have the utmost respect for America, USA, the flag and the office of the Presidency of the United States. I may have respect but that doesn’t mean I agree with our President’s policy. The embargo on Cuba may have been valid in the 60’s however, my humble opinion is in circa 1975, it should have been obliterated. Cuba is not a threat to the United States and never was. The people that are suffering are some of the most beautiful intelligent, people on the planet. These beautiful people – the Doctors, Lawyers and candlestick makers make $27 a month from the Government subsidy. They call it communism. They are hardworking dedicated people. They genuinely do not deserve the punishment that we as a society impose on them. Yes that’s my second foot in my mouth! We will be offering our last two People to People tours to Cuba that we probably will ever do. Up till now we’ve done many. This program will be available to people serious about exploring the Cuban culture and giving a little of themselves back. This is not a program of luxury but a unique experience to learn from. I would ask every person who signs up for the trip to bring with them some over the counter medicine such as aspirin, Tylenol, vitamins to help out the Cuban people. These simple medications are like gold to them. We can afford it and it will make you feel good. For those interested in going it will be open to a very small group and we will need to know almost immediately. I hope the day will come when everybody can go without the state’s blessing. It’s a beautiful country! Joe D
To All The Ships At Sea –
Boxing has been in my wheelhouse for over 6 decades. While living in Greenwich Village, New York my grandfather would take me to the old Madison Square Garden and Sunnyside Gardens. Fast forward 6 decades and my love for boxing has turned into a love/hate relationship.
I just received a phone call from Gerry Cooney – and I could feel the smile on his face. He was so happy to see his new book GENTLEMAN GERRY, written by Gerry Cooney and John Grady with Photography by your’s truly! I was truly honored to do the photography for the book cover to cover! The book will be out mid June. To think I started out with Tri X black and white film then high speed Ektachrome with a 2 stop push, to the light gathering power of the new digital cameras whether they be Fuji, Sony or Canon… Gerry will be leaving for an international book signing tour and if you’re anywhere near the W Hotel on Saturday June 8th you can meet Gerry and have your book signed. It’s called Gerry Cooney Fight Night a YCS (Youth Consultation Services) charity event.
I had the opportunity to be one of the Photographers on the film LIGHTS OUT – a TV series with Holt McCallany and Stacy Keach – not one of my biggest roles on TV. To purchase my book FILL THE FRAME here’s the link https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=76BHV2D849WAS My website –http://www.dimaggio-kalish.com
To All the Ships at Sea –
While fighting in fox hole to fox hole in the 70’s and 80’s working for any publication that would take me, I finally had the opportunity to go from SPORT Magazine to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. During that time, I traveled the photographic road with Gentleman Gerry Cooney. Who knew, that with all the days, weeks, months and years that were put in, it would ever come to fruition and turn into a beautiful well-written hard cover book by Gerry Cooney and John Grady.
I had the honor and pleasure of doing the many photographs cover to cover. The sooner we get closer to publication date I will follow this up.
To All the Ships at Sea –
It seems every day you pick up a newspaper or go on the computer there’s one story after another on who hates who, who’s shot who, or why we’re at war. It could be a little depressing.
So, every once in a while, you meet an amazing talented person. In my case I met this person quite a while ago. About 6 months ago… if you read my book you know what I mean. JoAnne Kalish’s career has gone from Sports Illustrated to Saatchi, and Saatchi to J. Walter Thompson, to Oglivy and Mather and the list goes on. There is no doubt in my mind that her relationship with Artist Will Barnet will go down in history in a very positive way. There is a great editor in London by the name of Toni Muricu. Toni took a chance and allowed me (she was not familiar with my work) to do a story for Art & Museum Magazine. Thank you to both Toni and JoAnne.
I hope you enjoy the story and if you’re not familiar with JoAnne’s truly amazing portraits please go to our website dimaggio-kalish.com.
Recently published article in the UK by Joe DiMaggio for Art & Museum’s Winter Issue 2018 PDF link below (see page 13.) Please contact us for more information.
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To All the Ships at Sea –
We all have good days and bad days. Today was a wonderful day.
I went to do my 2 hours in the gym and ran into a friend of mine by the name of Keith. Three weeks ago, Keith bought one of my books FILL THE FRAME. Up till that point Keith and I just said hello and that was it. Now that he started the book every time I see him he has questions, and being the shy reserved person I am, I humbly attempt to answer (I’ve got a big mouth). He said to me you’ve been around the world, met a lot of people Who do you feel was the most outstanding person? My answer was they were all outstanding. He asked me if I spent a lot of time with Willie Nelson? Yes, of course I said, Willie would certainly be in my top ten or better. I told Keith the story of a Viet Nam War Vet that lost both his legs and was at one of Willie’s Concerts. Several of his friends pushed him up to the stage right under Willie. Two large security guards came over and asked him to leave because it was no man’s land. He objected, they picked up the wheel chair and started to remove him. Willie stopped singing and yelled at the security guards and told them to leave him where he was. He then proceeded to invite him to join him backstage at the concert. He asked me to please bring him to the trailer after the show. When Willie asks for something you just have to do it. Willie treated him like a brother for 90 minutes after the concert and everybody was very happy (you know what I mean – was it the Tequila?) Keith then told me that about a year ago he was flying from El Paso to Houston on one of those short hop jets and sitting in first class was Willie in a pair of blue jeans and a T shirt, no hat just kicking back. In the first seat in coach was a United States Marine with one leg and in full uniform. Willie got up, spoke to the gentleman, shook his hand, got the flight attendant and had the gentleman put in his first class seat. Willie took his seat in coach. Even though I was not there, I will include that story in FILL THE FRAME II. If we were all like Willie, what a great world this would be…there is still hope.
I told Pete Seeger 3 weeks before he went to his great gig in the sky that God threw away the mould when he made him. That goes the same for Willie Nelson.
For all the people who want to see what I look like without a Beret here’s your chance.
To All The Ships At Sea –
What never ceases to amaze me is how when I’m thinking in terms of the new digital revolution and editing photos that go back a half a century, I come up with a photo of JoAnne Kalish at The Apollo Soyuz launch with the famous and now infamous Tiltall tripod with the 600mm, 800mm, and 1,000mm lens on two Tiltall tripods. I still have the aluminum mount, the case and the two leather bags. If you look in the lower right hand frame you will see a piece of my camera. She’s sitting on an aluminum case – yes, still have that too. Hidden under her right thigh is a Nikkomat camera without a lens on it – don’t try that today!
Last but not least notice the Cranberry juice cocktail bottle filled with water – no plastic containers for us! We were even green back then!
The other photo is of JoAnne shooting in Baja California Scammon’s Lagoon photographing the whales mating while we were on assignment for Jacques Cousteau. That Tiltall was buried at sea as salt water and sand destroyed it! So where are the photos of the whales? Unfortunately, they were never returned.
I’m going to tell you a little story. About 12 years ago I was asked to teach a class at a local university. One of the students in that class helped me out with some AV gear and asked if I needed an assistant. I said yes and that was the beginning of a beautiful relationship. That young man’s name was Scott Melanson.
Unbeknownst to me, Scotts dad was killed in a plane crash a few months earlier. You’ve heard the expression two ships that meet at night and I guess that’s what happened. He was not only a great assistant but taught me a lot about the new digital world. He was and is a major computer guy. He builds his own computers. He worked his way up to studio manager.
He went back to school at CIA , Cleveland Institute of Art, and invited me out to teach a class. I met his beautiful girlfriend Ashley. He’s been gone for quite a while and still works with me on major projects from time to time. He’s an extremely talented designer, illustrator, and engineer. He does it all. A few years back he received a U.S. Patent for a Quad Copter he designed for Brookstone. As a matter of fact, I would not be a bit surprised if he winds up designing a revolutionary new camera, automobile, or motorcyle.
I was surprised at the beautiful card I received in the mail. Congratulations are in order… there will be a young Melanson arriving in August. I forgot to mention, Ashley is also a brilliant interior designer, visual merchandiser, and glass sculptor.
To All The Ships At Sea,
I remember adults using phrases like “Wow, that guy has thin skin” or What a nasty son-of-a-bitch he is.” Keep in mind I was maybe 15 or 16 years old and that wasn’t exactly yesterday! Really never understood it!
My dear friend Peter Poremba from Dynalite, invited me to Jacob Javits Photo Show for a book signing and to promote my book. All in all it was very successful! During the time there, two students from Rutgers came over and wanted to buy a book but didn’t have the money. I talked to them for about 10 minutes. They said they would love me to autograph the books and they would pay me in a few weeks and I agreed. Towards the end of the day a young lady came by, picked up a book and said she’d like to buy this but also didn’t have the money. We talked for almost 25 minutes. She worked for UPS and she wanted to become a working photographer. It seems that she was caught between-a-rock-and-hard place. I gave her some serious ideas on how she could go to her boss at UPS and explain to them how she could incorporate photography into her lunch period and it would benefit UPS. With that, her mother and father showed up and I jokingly said why don’t you ask your parents for a $25 loan. They said they only had a credit card. She mentioned she often stops by Dynalite to talk to Peter about lighting and photography and the next time she stopped by she would drop off the money.
Well, Six months have gone by and yes, no one paid for the book. From my vantage point, the profit was not going to a new Porsche but to help fund my next documentary. So back to the clichés – “Nice Guys Finish Last!”
“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.”