New York City Mecca High

Just some FUN STUFF with Jon Mecca.  Jon was kind enough to oblige.  He’s a skateboarder and photographer himself so it was easy for him to get the picture.  Ha Ha

Kind of Love it!  I think he does too!  A larger version is up on my website so please have a look. Skateboarder© JoAnne Kalish


Featured on Saatchi Art New Collection

© JoAnne Kalish All Rights Reserved

© JoAnne Kalish All Rights Reserved

Nice surprise!

On behalf of chief curator Rebecca Wilson and the Saatchi Art curation team, I’m very pleased to let you know that your work has been chosen to be featured in the New Photography Collection on Saatchi Art’s homepage. You can see the collection here:

Art Challenge Day One

Art Challenge Day One © JoAnne Kalish

Art Challenge Day One © JoAnne Kalish

I was nominated by my friend Lisa Tang Liu for the Art Challenge.  This is Three Photos for Day One.

“Through the Eyes of JoAnne Kalish: Photographer and Visual Communicator” Exhibit Oct.10 – Dec. 7 Columns Museum

My work is on exhibit at the Columns Museum in Milford, PA. October 10th through December 7, 2014.

The Show will also be during the time of the Black Bear Film Festival

It is the same Museum that has in their collection, the blood-stained Lincoln Flag from the Ford’s Theatre in Washington.

– On a history note, JoAnne was the only photographer at the Long Beach Grand Prix who captured the famous motor series at the start of the Long Beach Grand Prix of near fatal accident with Mario Andretti and James Hunt. Sports Illustrated ran the photo twice that year, the second time was for “The Year in Sports” issue.

The Tragedy of September 2001 will never be forgotten with her photograph of a Prayer Vigil, which has been recognized as one of the greatest tributes to the American Spirit.  Quote from Charlie Borst, Director of Photography at Corbis Sigma USA – “ I must say that from all the pictures I’ve edited of this tragedy, this quickly rises to the top.”

JoAnne’s iconic photograph of Artist Will Barnet, awarded the medal of Arts by President Obama in 2012, is now part of the Permanent Collection of Portraits, in The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, as well as is being part of the photographic collection in the White House.

Other personal work is on display as well.  PLEASE COME DOWN AND SUPPORT THE ARTS.

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© JoAnne Kalish  All Rights Reserved

© JoAnne Kalish All Rights Reserved

© JoAnne Kalish All Rights Reserved  9/11 Vigil

© JoAnne Kalish All Rights Reserved 9/11 Vigil

Will Barnet, JoAnne Kalish, National Gallery of Art Washington DC

© JoAnne Kalish All Rights Reserved

Museum Hours are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 1-4 PM or by Appointment  (57) 296-8126 or

Blood-stained Lincoln Flag on View at Columns Museum © DiMaggio

Blood-stained Lincoln Flag on View at Columns Museum © DiMaggio

Mario Andretti with Photographer JoAnne Kalish

Nikon or Canon whichever you prefer.  Some of us made the switch along the way.  Both great systems!

Mario Andretti and JoAnne Kalish © Joe DiMaggio

Mario Andretti and JoAnne Kalish © Joe DiMaggio

Here I am at the Long Beach Grand Prix with a group of photographers including editor Kevin Fitzgerald.  This same day I shot a motor series of the famous shunt below in the first turn, at the start of the race, and landed my first photograph in Sports Illustrated. I was the only photographer that got this photograph!  The rest was history.  This photograph is also a double truck spread in Mario Andretti’s coffee table book. The editor of Andretti’s book wrongly gave my partner Joe the credit but it was mine!

Long Beach Shunt Photographer JoAnne Kalish  with editor Kevin Fitzgerald and others e

© Joe DiMaggio

Long Beach Grand Prix Shunt 31 © J.Kalish

According to –‎

Track History Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Mario Andretti avoided a first-lap, multi-car collision, then went on to outduel F/One stars  first-lap shunt involving James Hunt that remains perhaps the Grand Prix’s most enduring image.


My Friend Artist Will Barnet

Photograph © JoAnne Kalish   (This is his favorite)

I had a very special Assignment from ART & ANTIQUES Magazine to photograph an American Master Painter by the name of Will Barnet.  It is one of those special assignments that I will always remember fondly. I was told it would be a very big spread and many pages like the one they had recently done on Philip Hockney in a previous issue. I was thoroughly excited about this and totally looking forward to meeting this man.  I prepared my equipment, did my research on his studio, and on what kind of equipment and strobes I would need to get the job done as smoothly as possible.  My bags were already packed ahead-of-time and ready to go.  Two days prior to the shoot I received a call and was told the shoot was off.  I was crushed!  I did not know what happened. But as luck would have it, almost a month later I received a phone call from the Magazine, saying the assignment was on again and Will Barnet had agreed to be photographed but, the stipulation was, that I had to come without an assistant.  Well I agreed to do whatever it would take to get the job done.  

It was strongly suggested from the Magazine that when I worked with him to be very respectful and call him Mr. Barnet.  As I was photographing him, I made suggestions for him to go to various places in his studio so I could also do a picture story at the same time as well as horizontal and vertical portraits of him.  He willingly obliged but there were times I called him Mr. Barnet and he did not respond. Once I accidentally called him Will and with that he lit up and smiled at me this wonderful warm smile.  After the shoot I thanked him very much and asked to use his bathroom to wash up.  When I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror, I had blue paint all over my face from one of his work locations.  I was covered!  He must have got a kick out of it.

I followed up after my shoot by sending him a few photos as I was very pleased with the portraits. I sent him two and asked him to sign two of the same for me and was invited to come by to pick them up.  I have to mention, that Will is one of the most gracious & lovely people I have ever known.  When he asks how you’re doing and what kind of art are you making he really wants to know.  I have gone to several of his shows, been invited for lunch, and have always been totally honored to be one of his friends.  Will has used one of my photographs for his show in the Farnsworth Art Museum and my photo in the Naples Museum of Art and I am deeply honored.

I did many wonderful portraits that day and they are by far my favorites.
This is a photo that was taken of Will and myself as I was showing him some of my recent work in his studio

Short 3 minute Travel Piece on Venice Featuring our artwork

Photo ©JoAnne Kalish all rights reserved

This is a short 3 minute travel piece Joe and I did on Venice featuring our artwork for those of you who would like to see it –

This photo is available in limited edition and can also be purchased as a limited edition
poster on our fine art website