Letterman Late Night The End of An Era – I Remember When…

Letterman Late Night with Guest Frank Mundus © JoAnne Kalish

Letterman Late Night with Guest Frank Mundus © JoAnne Kalish

 

 

Letterman Late Night with guest Frank Mundus  © JoAnne Kalish

Letterman Late Night with guest Frank Mundus © JoAnne Kalish

My partner photographer Joe DiMaggio has always loved the Sea. It draws him in like a magnet. Years ago, he did a story for one of the Sporting Magazines on Shark Fisherman Frank Mundus. Rumor had it that Mundus was the role model for Benchley’s character “Quint” in the movie Jaws. Mundus and Joe became friends. Mundus often asked Joe to come along on charters, when he needed an extra hand. Because of his love of the Sea and the opportunity to photograph out there, as well, Joe was more than happy to go along.

When Mundus and Donnie Braddock caught the 3427 lb Great White in Montauk, Joe was the first person Mundus called ship to shore. Joe hired a small plane to fly to Montauk and photograph them as they came in with the catch.  At the time, it was a considered a Rod and Reel Record.  Joe’s photos ran throughout the world.

I was a young mother at the time, wanting to stay close to home. I was asked to do some public relations for Mundus and I agreed.  One of the first things, I did was get him on the Late Show with David Letterman. As you can see I was successful in getting him on the show and afterwards booking him two other times as well.  It was a great experience.  We had a lot of fun and Dave was very nice.

Here’s just one of many photos of the Great White with Mundus (© Joe DiMaggio) and below and above are some photos I took of Frank Mundus on the Letterman Late Night Show.

Capt. Frank Mundus with 3427 Great White © Joe DiMaggio

Capt. Frank Mundus with 3427 Great White © Joe DiMaggio

(I found this on the Wikipedia page –  JoAnne Kalish, internationally known photographer, booked Captain Frank Mundus on the Late Show with David Letterman.)  Nice to be mentioned.

Letterman Late Night with Guest Frank Mundus © JoAnne Kalish

Letterman Late Night with Guest Frank Mundus © JoAnne Kalish

Boxer Gerry Cooney & Photographer JoAnne Kalish Meet Again

Joe and I gave a hand at the 3rd Annual Gerry Cooney Fight Night to Benefit The Children of YCS

Boxer Gerry Cooney and Photographer JoAnne Kalish © Joe DiMaggio Fight Night to Benefit Children of YCS

Boxer Gerry Cooney and Photographer JoAnne Kalish © Joe DiMaggio Fight Night to Benefit Children of YCS

Sports Illustrated Cover © Joe DiMaggio

Sports Illustrated Cover © Joe DiMaggio

Pete Seeger In Memory Born May 3, 1919

In honor of Pete’s Birthday.  I have made some Limited Edition archival prints of Pete for those interested.

Prints are available in 11x 8.5 size, signed by artist and are without a mat.  Please contact me at dimaggio-kalish.com or dimaggio-kalishworkshops.com

Two International Workshops Coming Up a Cuba Through a Photographer’s Lens A People-To-People Exchange October 19-26, 2015 and Israel Photo Safari December 5-12, 2015  Both posted on our workshop website

Happy Birthday Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger Print © JoAnne Kalish

Just Came Across This Photo

Just came across this photo with Joe DiMaggio, JoAnne Kalish, Liz Shatner and Bill Shatner at the Infineon Raceway in California.  We were filming a TV Pilot several years ago.

Joe DiMaggio, JoAnne Kalish, Liz Shatner, Bill Shatner

Joe DiMaggio, JoAnne Kalish, Liz Shatner, Bill Shatner

Teaching Visual Communication Through Photography JoAnne Kalish

JoAnne Kalish on Photography, The Cuban People, and Why She’ll Always Strive To Be Better

Derek @ Learnivore Arts ..


JoAnne-Kalish-Portrait © Joe DiMaggio.jpg    
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JoAnne’s bio according to the website for the photography workshops she co-hosts with Joe DiMaggio- JoAnne Kalish began her career as an editorial photographer for such magazines as Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine and many other publications.  She made the switch to advertising photography and won awards for her Sports Authority & Claritin campaign.  As a television host she traveled to the Jungles of Panama to film ESPN’s Canon Photo Safari.”
With such a list of photographic accolades, you can see why we wanted to interview JoAnne. It only got better when she joined Learnivore to share her instructional talent in on-location workshops all over the world. The next stops? Cuba in October 2015 and Israel in December 2015 with partner Joe DiMaggio.
We’d like to thank JoAnne for sharing with us!
 
You’ve had an incredible career as a photographer so far. What got you started? When did you realize you wanted to make a career out of it?
When I was in 19, I met (my now) partner Joe DiMaggio who convinced me I had a lot of talent and I should consider photography as a career.
You run international photography workshops with Joe DiMaggio where you take photographers all over the world (Cuba, Israel, Africa, Iceland etc.).  What inspires you to combine photography and travel the way you do?  
We both love to travel and see the world.  It’s really enjoyable to share our experiences and what we’ve learned along the way with others.  What better way then to travel, to have a fresh eye for your surroundings?  When you travel with a group there are many different interactions going on. You become more aware of seeing things through other people’s eyes as well.
For years you’ve been doing these photography workshops in Cuba, which has been off-limits to the large majority of American tourists for decades.  What has been your experience there?
I’ve always had very good experiences. The people are well educated, honest, intelligent and curious. They have a rich culture where music, dance, and all kinds of art are valued – I mean really valued.  As an artist, it is something that is very important to me as well.  The Cuban people want to get to know you. Why do you continue to go back?  Because every time we go there is so much more that I learn. The  participants that join us are truly amazed at what great experiences you come away with.
What are your thoughts now that the United States and Cuba appear intent on easing these travel restrictions?
I think it is a very good thing for all of us.
What motivates you to teach photography? 
 
I’ve reached an age where I need to start passing things down and sharing my experiences with others.
You’ve got no shortage of accolades. You’re the first woman Sports Illustrated ever hired. Your work is featured in the White House. You covered the Olympics. Your photos are in publications like Time Magazine and shared in galleries across the country. What is there left for you to do? What goals do you still want to accomplish?  
I want to become a better artist, better human being, and I want to continue to grow forever.  My dear friend Artist Will Barnet passed away at 97 and he was so vital till the end.  He continued to make great art, as well as nurture and encourage many other artists. He was one of the loveliest people I’ve ever known.  I would like to be like him in this way.
What is something about you that might surprise people that know you as a photographer?
I love to teach YOGA