Cuban Artist Annia Alonso

Cuban Artist Annia Alonso © JoAnne Kalish

Cuban Artist Annia Alonso © JoAnne Kalish

Travel to Cuba October 19-26 2015 with dimaggio-kalishworkshops click here

In November of 2014  dimaggio-kalishworkshops brought a group to Cuba. We called the trip “Photographer’s Eye on The People of Cuba.”  In the small town of Cienfuegos I  met a lovely and passionate artist by the name of Annia Alonso.  We exchanged contact information.

One day I received an e mail asking if I would be interested in representing her in the States. After much deliberation,  I figured why not?  Artists helping Artists.  I get it!  Annia is part of the National Union of Writer and Artists (UNEAC) and this is how we first met.  She has a Gallery nearby. In a very short time with many texts exchanging information back and forth we became friends. She told me a delightful story about meeting Jimmy Buffett at her first art show where the owner of the Gallery was friends with him.  At the time she did not know who Jimmy was but was invited by the host of the Gallery to stay afterwards and play dominos with Jimmy as her partner.  He gave her a CD of his music.  She came back the next day and he was still there and he bought one of her engravings. The one he liked best was called Islands.  He encouraged her to organize a show in America.

I am including some of my favorite engravings & Paintings (first three are engravings) of Annia’s. She has many more. If anyone has an interest in her work for purchase or for a show please contact me directly.

All Artwork ©Annia Alonso

Just for the record dimaggio-kalishworkshops is planning another trip to Cuba October 19-26 2015   We still have some spaces available.  If you like to join us please contact us as soon as possible.  Click here for our Upcoming Cuba Trip

© Annia Alonso

© Annia Alonso

© Annia Alonso

© Annia Alonso

© Annia Alonso

© Annia Alonso

 

© Annia Alonso

© Annia Alonso

 

© Annia Alonso

© Annia Alonso

TRAVEL TO CUBA WITH DIMAGGIO-KALISHWORKSHOPS OCTOBER 19-26, 2015

Cuba People to People October 2015

Cuba People to People October 2015

Cuba People To People (from Miami) OCTOBER 19 – 26, 2015  SIGN UP TODAY

 The Photographer’s Eye on the People of Cuba  

 Downloadable Information: 

Cuba DiMaggio-Kalish Program Oct 19-26 2015         

Cuba Application for October 2015 DiMaggio Kalish

We’ve had a two decade love affair with Cuba and we’ve seen the side of Cuba most people don’t see. To visit Cuba is an amazing visual experience as well as a spiritual one. You will come away a much finer photographer and a better person. Please join us for an experience of a lifetime.  You won’t be disappointed!

*Just for the record, even though Cuban/American relations have improved and certain sanctions have been lifted you still cannot go to Cuba directly from the United States. You need to go as a group on-a-people to people exchange (such as ours), go with a religious organization, are a journalist or are in the Medical profession.  You need to have scheduled activities with very little free time for recreational travel/activities. The only thing that has changed is that you are now are allowed to bring back $100 worth of alcohol or tobacco from Cuba.

A little about our trip – the group will travel to Havana, Jaimanitas, neighborhood of the Artist Fuster decorated with his tile work, Cojimar, seaside setting for The Old Man & the Sea, Santa Clara, Cayo Santa Maria, La Estrella, Remedios, and Caibarien.  We will stroll the streets of Havana, visit The Higher Institute of Arts with Alberto Faya, long time musician and expert on Cuba’s Culture and cultural history. We will meet with the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, visit the Callejon de Hamel, meet and photograph the Psico Ballet, walk along the famous Malécon seawall – a block away from the hotel, visit the Arte y Corete project, the Callejon de Hamel, visit Foteca, The Cuban Center for Photography, the Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym, visit The Hemmingway Museum, and go to a jazz club.  We will visit the Che Memorial and Museum, Artisan Workshops, explore towns, meeting Cuban people in small villages as well as cities, coffee plantations and settlements. We will be stopping along the way wherever there are people with whom to interact and where great photos may be made. Special photography instruction and guidance will be given by your group leaders, Joe and JoAnne both Internationally known photographers. Airfare, top drawer accommodations, breakfast daily, several lunches and dinners, visa, transportation and English speaking guide.  Please click on additional links above for specific details which can be downloaded.

 A few comments from our November 2014 Trip to Cuba –

“Please thank the people you know and whom you and JoAnne worked with to put this trip and tour together.  It was a terrific tour of Cuba. The people of Common Ground set up lots of great places and people to meet for us. Thank you Joe and JoAnne for adding your own touch.”  Joel Kleiner

“It was a wonderful trip and Robert and I are grateful to you and JoAnne for giving us this experience. Thank you” Rhonda Fleming

“Good trip!  Great people!”  Casey and Amos Goodall

“Cuba was great, I love Joe and JoAnne, JoAnne & Joe. I have been on many day and weekend shoots with both of them, together and separately. The trip to Cuba (as it should be) was very well planned and organized.  It was a terrific experience. “ Joel Kleiner

SPECIAL OFFER! The first 12 couples or singles to sign up for this program will receive, a signed limited edition print of the above photograph of Havana’s Malecón by Joe DiMaggio at a value of $500.

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