© Joe DiMaggio Recent fun interview for this fabulous tv show on Joe and myself which aired this past weekend. Short link to video on Joe and JoAnne
A bit of sad news to start out a Monday morning is that Leah Chase passed away yesterday.
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.
As an artist you sometimes search for a theme that you want to delve into because it speaks to you. A good theme is one you can build on and one which can grow. Months can go by when I find myself not producing meaningful work and then one day something pops into my head and there it is.
I want to say thank you to some special friends that helped me out – Eileen, Mary, Julia, Wendy & Chloe and behind the scenes – my partner Joe DiMaggio and Jerry
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.
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.
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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:
Is it commercial art or is it fine art? A question we hear often lately because of the convergence of art and technology. These three artists have all enjoyed successful careers in the publishing world as photographers and designers with both Sports Illustrated and Time Inc. That was then. What is now are three artists who utilize the same skill sets to create beautiful art. We hope you join us to see the art of Joe DiMaggio, Joanne Kalish, and Dennis Wheeler. The exhibition opens July 29th – September 7th with the artists’ reception on Saturday July 30th from 5-7pm.”
The gallery can be found at 342 Main St., Lakeville, CT 06039 and the gallery’s webpage can be found at http://www.thewhitegalleryart.com