Jake LaMotta – The Boxer That Inspired “Raging Bull”

Champion Heavyweight Boxer Jake LaMotta © JoAnne Kalish

On this particular occasion I tagged along with my partner Joe DiMaggio to give him a hand filming his documentary film “In This Corner.”  I think at the time he was working with a brand new camera and was not totally comfortable with it yet.   I also wanted to meet and photograph the legendary Boxer Jake LaMotta as “Raging Bull” happens to be one of my favorite films.

He was definitely the strong character I expected.  He brought along a good looking woman he introduced as his fiance.  She and I were pretty close in age.  I liked her.  He came very early which was very unexpected and we were not even close to being set up yet.  We spent the entire afternoon filming in P.J Clarke’s a famous Saloon close to his apartment.  We had very little light in the bar, despite the fact we sat him at a window table and it was difficult working with such little light.  Jake was brutally honest in the interview, including saying some things we were very surprised at while the camera rolled.  These are some of the photos I made that day.

 

 

Photographer/Filmmaker Joe DiMaggio and Heavyweight Boxer Jake Lamotta © JoAnne Kalish

Boxer Jake LaMotta  © JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

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Second Annual Milford Readers and Writers Festival

Author Patricia Bosworth © JoAnne Kalish

I spent this past weekend at the Second Annual Milford Readers and Writers Festival.  For such a small town Milford, PA has become quite an up and coming place to visit and to live in. There are so many things happening here. This being just one of them. It was a top notch affair. At last year’s event we had well known authors Gloria Steinem, MK Asante, and John Berendt to name just a few.  We had many other important writers as well.  A quote from Gloria Steinem, “This festival shows us the worldwide importance of coming together to share ideas and build community.”

This year started out with a bang with the play “Love Letters” on Friday night with Len Cariou and Heather Summerhayes Cariou, which I missed and heard was fabulous!  Our featured writers this year were Lee Child, Patricia Bosworth, Robin Morgan, Martha Frankel, Farai Chideya and Stephen Rubin as well as others.  I am including a link to the website http://www.milfordreadersandwriters.com/      

Martha Frankel © JoAnne Kalish

 

My website –http://www.dimaggio-kalish.com

 

 

 

 

 

Robin Morgan © JoAnne Kalish

Farai Chideya © JoAnne Kalish

Author Suzanne Braun Levine

Lee Child with Stephen Rubin © JoAnne Kalish

Lee Child © JoAnne Kalish

Lee Child and Stephen Rubin © JoAnne Kalish

Black Bear Film Fund Raiser Dinner at the Phoenix

© J. Kalish

The Black Bear Film Festival is always an amazing event in our awesome little town of Milford, PA, in the Upper Delaware. The upcoming dates are October 20-22 2017

Thanks to Terry and Doug for hosting this at their home in Dingman’s Ferry, where you can also find some unique folk art and gifts in their Phoenix store on the property. Doug & Company made an fabulous spread and we had a blast!  I’m including a handful of snaps from the recent dinner with some of the usual suspects.  http://www.blackbearfilm.com/             http://dimaggio-kalish.com

If you’re interested in purchasing one of Joe’s new books titled FILL THE FRAME – Book is $20 plus $4 shipping.  Joe’s next book signing will be September 16 please contact me for more information or Click here to purchase the book on paypal – https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=76BHV2D849WAS   

© Alan Kaplan

 

© J. Kalish

© J. Kalish

© J. Kalish

© J. Kalish

© J. Kalish

 

 

 

 

 

© J.Kalish

FILL THE FRAME by Joe DiMaggio   front & rear book cover © JoAnne Kalish

A New Abstract Series

 

These are a few photographs from my new abstract series.  I hope you like them.  Please remember to support live artists. Photos © JoAnne Kalish.  All Rights Reserved.  Available 20 x 30 Signed Limited Edition.

 

© JoAnne Kalish

FILL THE FRAME

Photography Book by Joe DiMaggio

Great Book on Photography by Joe DiMaggio!

A quote from DiMaggio – Recalling My Adventures as a Working Photographer from the 60’s to present day. The book describes my 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 I have photographed – celebrities, sports figures as well as many others and my experiences working with them as well as 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 

Hanna Q Dance Company

Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kalish

Had a wonderful opportunity to photograph a Hanna Q Dance Performance the other evening.  Used a small mirrorless camera.  Pretty amazing quality.  Dance Performance probably had something to do with it.  If you have a chance make it your business to support them.

Hanna Q Dance Company ©JoAnne Kalish

Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kalish

Hanna Q Dance Company

Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kalish

Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kalish

Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kalish

Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kaliah

  Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kalish

Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kalish

Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kalish

Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kalish

Hanna Q Dance Company

White Gallery: The First Review Is In!

© JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

“From Commercial to Fine Art

 By Leon Graham

“Raindrop” is currently on display at The White Gallery. photo by Joe DiMaggio

“Crossing the Line,” now at The White Gallery in Lakeville, is a collection of work from three talented commercial photographers, good friends with award-winning credentials, who now make fine art  for their own pleasure. Throughout their careers they created images for magazine publishers, advertising agencies, major companies. Now they bring the same eye and originality to these very personal photographs.

Dennis Wheeler is best known for the many Time magazine covers he created. And created is the right word, because he made covers that were collages designed to grab attention on newsstands as well as comment on the cover subject in powerful ways. Four silhouetted male profiles — red, yellow, white, black — overlapped for a story on leadership in America. A cover on the sex explosion showed a young man and woman facing each other with much of their bodies covered by a giant fig leaf zippered down the middle.

At the White, Wheeler shows complex mixed media collages of carefully arranged objects, drawings, little photos, slashes of paint both long and short, all on brilliantly colored backgrounds.

“Pasture” stands out for its evocation of land and horses and the suggestion of fences. Made in browns and blues, the work is focused on a central black-and-white image of horses eating in a pasture. A gentle horse face peers at us from behind the pastured animals; there are small pictures of lakes too. All lie on swirls of thin, colored lines that suggest fencing wire.

JoAnne Kalish was the first woman photographer at Sports Illustrated. She is known for her ability to capture light and motion, as well as for the sensuality of many images. Her pictures of vegetables — two bell peppers at the White show — are luscious, rounded, inviting. Her pears are erotic and painterly. Even the two dogs meeting in “Venezia” seem about to begin a romance.

Kalish’s “Eiffel” is a pyramid of luminosity as if reflected in water. Her “Reflections” catches a small boat to the left tied up on a narrow canal, while buildings are reflected abstractly in the water on the right, which has the sheen of a mirror.

Kalish’s partner, Joe DiMaggio, is also a former Sports Illustrated and Time magazine photographer. (His and Kalisch’s images of professional hockey are now shown at the NHL Hall of Fame in Canada.) He worked for many advertising agencies, won many art direction awards. He is a master of suggesting motion in still photos. “Chevelle” shows a bright and shiny wheel cover that seems to be catching a passing landscape on its surface. In “Frankfurt,” a group of people are blurred so they appear in motion.

“Raindrop” catches a pearl of water as it is about to fall from the wide brim of a black cowboy hat that glistens from the moisture. We see only the nose and mouth of a man, who sports a marvelous neck bandana studded with white stars. “Infinity” is made of double yellow highway lines stretching into the distance between hazy trees and road shoulders that appear to converge up the road. It is wonderfully composed.

“Crossing the Line” continues at The White Gallery, 342 Main St. in Lakeville, Conn., through Sept. 9. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 860-435-1029 or go to http://www.thewhitegalleryart.com.

“The Lakeville Journal, COMPASS,” August 4, 2016″ 

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler