Richard Steedman

We attended a beautiful Celebration of Life for Richard Steedman this past weekend.

Richard Steedman was the visionary behind the Stock Market Photo Agency. Richard Steedman along with photo editor Sally LLoyd, photographers Barry O’Rourke and Luis Villota, started The Stock Market. This agency became one of the largest independently owned stock photo agencies in the world.  The Stock Market was comprised of a close community of photographers, colleagues and friends. At its height, itemployed over 175 individuals at its corporate headquarters in New York City. It also owned four regional offices in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Portland as well as international offices in London, Paris and Dusseldorf.  In addition, photography was licensed through 35 international affiliates throughout six continents. This was a very big deal in our industry.

Richard was many things – a great photographer, entrepreneur, world traveler, and fantastic businessman.  Richard and Sally made a great team and we all loved working with them. As the years went on they later married. As a photographer being represented by The Stock Market, it meant you were part of a large family. There was a closeness and camaraderie there, as well as many friendships made which was unusual for such a large operation. In 2000 the Stock Market was sold to Corbis, an agency owned by Bill Gates and from there it changed to Getty Images. Boy I miss those days!

At the end of the celebration we each had an opportunity to choose one of Richard’s photos to take home that we loved. Below is my favorite. 

© Joe DiMaggio
© Richard Steedman
© JoAnne Kalish
Sally & Richard © Joe DiMaggio

My Studio Photography Class Sussex Community College

Richard Schnurr’s Artist Portrait for Neile’s Book

I was happy to learn this morning that one of my student’s Richard Schnurr’s photographs, of Stained Glass Artist Neile Cooper, was used for her author’s portrait in her upcoming book. Richard’s photograph was made during one of our field trip classes, when we went to Neile’s home and workspace to do an environmental portrait. I thought it would be a challenge to try mixing studio lighting and available light in her stained glass cabin in Sussex County, New Jersey. Neile was very accommodating and open to the idea. Her beautiful work was a sight to see. What a fine artist she is and I am very much excited to get a copy of her book which will be out in May of next year

I so enjoyed teaching this class and watching my students grow and develop their talent. I also got a tremendous amount out of it and look forward to continue with my teaching. I was very fortunate to have such a great group as well.


Location Photography Class Richard Schnurr Photographing Artist Neile Cooper © JoAnne Kalish

Location Photography Class Sussex Community College © JoAnne Kalish
Neile Cooper’s Stained glass cabin © JoAnne Kalish
© JoAnne Kalish
Artist Neile Cooper Environmental Portrait Studio Lighting © JoAnne Kalish

ACE 2006 -2021

Our Dog Ace © Joe DiMaggio

Our wonderful dog Ace passed away yesterday, Monday September 13, 2021. Although, we have so many photos of him – this photo made by Joe DiMaggio says it all! I can’t compete.  He was the best dog ever! 

Ace had a huge heart and a wonderful spirit.  He was our best friend and we will dearly miss him.  As I said when Joe first brought him home – “He’s Better than Diamonds!”

My Studio Photography Class

Photos © JoAnne Kalish

I am teaching a live photography class at Sussex Community College. We are now finished with product photography and working on portraiture. Not easy when everyone is masked.

Thought it would be fun to ask my neighbor, Donna Bates who raises and shows Afghan Hounds, if she would be interested in bringing in her dog Hedley for a sitting with the class. Several years ago I had photographed two of her show dogs in the studio and on location for a few different applications and they worked out great.

It was a fun class!


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This photograph was taken at a Candlelight Vigil right after 9/11.

I was urged by my partner Joe DiMaggio to send this photo into our agent. I first hesitated doing so because I figured there were so many photos of this tragic event who needed another. When he finally convinced me to just do it, I was very surprised to receive this note back.


Marcel Saba, VP of Editorial Photography, passed along the great photograph

that you’ve shown to Leslie Hughes in some recent correspondence. I must say that from all the pictures I’ve edited of this tragedy, this quickly rises to the top. As Acting Director of Corbis Sygma USA, I am writing to ask if you would let us syndicate this photograph worldwide. 

Again, great work; I’m glad I got to see it!


Charlie Borst

Acting Director

Corbis Sygma USA

Great News!

Portfolio Screen Shot 2020-08-21 at 12.48.40 PM 11eAfter finishing my usual yoga routine this morning, I checked my e mails. The first e mail I came across was from Jean-Jacques Naudet the Editorial Director of L’oeil de La Photographie, which is a daily journal of International Photography. The Magazine is beautifully done and quite handsome. 

Jean-Jacques informed me that my portfolio on Sensuality was chosen for the August 21st Edition of the Magazine.  To say the least, I am very pleased and honored to be a part of it! 

Here’s the Link –

Couldn’t think of a better way to start the day!

L'0eil de La Photographie August 21 Edition 11e


Holiday Gift Giving – Something to Bring Along For Your Host or Hostess


They come in 2 sizes either 7 /3/4 or 6 3/4. They are made from an original handmade photograph that has been printed and transferred onto a tile.  Each are slightly different with only a few of each size available.

Small size is $45.00 and larger one is $57.00 Comes with stand.

               Available for Pick-Up Only

Purchase here with PayPal –


© JoAnne Kalish

The Cuba we’ve come to know is –

“better than any romance better than any thriller more real than a documentary  If you’re interested in seeing the Cuba we know, meeting its people, tasting the culture, making images of its heart join us in what might be one of the last two trips we will be allowed to make. Cuba isn’t just a movie plot, but it can be one of the most fascinating experiences of your life.

We still have completely legal access for two more trips, but they are filling fast, and the political window is closing.” S

Contact me for more information. Sign up is limited to 12 people.  To reserve a spot, deposit is required as soon as possible.

© JoAnne Kalish








© JoAnne Kalish .


© JoAnne Kalish .

New Orlean’s Leah Chase of The Famous Dooky Chase Restaurant

© DiMaggio/Kalish

A bit of sad news to start out a Monday morning is that Leah Chase passed away yesterday.

Both Joe and I met Leah Chase in New Orleans approximately 20 years ago. She agreed to open up the restaurant and kitchen for us so we could do a series of portraits of her in her renowned Restaurant Dooky Chase which was legendary and loved by many. If you were in town you had to go there and so many famous people did. The restaurant was known for serving presidents, as well as freedom riders. Martin Luther king, James Baldwin, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Barrack Obama and George W. Bush all have eaten there. In a city operating under Jim Crow laws Dooky Chase became the only upscale restaurant where African Americans could gather.

Leah was totally dedicated to the restaurant and the community which she was very much a part of. She was considered a central cultural figure in the politics of New Orleans and the national struggle for civil rights. She was also a major promoter of art. During our conversation Joe mentioned  that he had just done a cover story on Syvia’s restaurant in Harlem for American Way Magazine and on the owner Sylvia Woods. The two of them were sisters of a kind. Both trend setters and entrepreneurs in the food/restaurant business and in society. One in Harlem and one in New Orleans. Both women will be missed as they played a vital role in bringing people together.

© DiMaggio/Kalish

© DiMaggio Kalish