Post No Bills

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© 2018 Joe DiMaggio

Joe’s and my first date was in NYC, during Chinese New Year on a rainy evening.  Joe made this beautiful portrait of me, in the rain with red cheeks and next to a Post No Bills sign. 

 Ever since then, every time we’re together and when we come across a Post No Bills sign, he does a portrait of me.  I thought I would share it with you.

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© Joe DiMaggio

In looking for the first portrait, I came across another that I fondly remember and it was when I brought Joe to meet artist Will Barnet.

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© 2006 Joe DiMaggio

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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.    dimaggio-kalish.com Skateboarder© JoAnne Kalish

 

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

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

In Memory of Folk Hero Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger Print

Pete Seeger Print © JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

Pete Seeger Banjo © JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne kalish

Pete Seeger © JoAnne kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

Pete Seeger © JoAnne Kalish

National Gallery of Art 2013 Annual Report Mention

American Artist  Will Barnet © JoAnne Kalish

Artist Will Barnet © JoAnne Kalish All Rights Reserved

Last Friday I received an e mail from the Chief of the Department of Image Collections Mr. Gregory Most, at the National Gallery of Art informing me that my portrait of Will Barnet has been mentioned in their 2013 Annual report on page 21. It reads – The artists’ portraits collectioadded self-portraits bArthur Fellig, known aWeegee, c. 1950Philippe Halsmanc. 1955–1960; anJerrUelsmann, c.1970. Other artistsportraits include Fernanger bHerbert Matter, 1939; Frida KahlbManuel Alvarez – Bravoc.1938, printed 1960; PauEluard in his apartment bBrassaï, 1944, printed 1960; AndWarhol beinphotographed bHorsby DaviBailey,1972; anWilBarnet bJoAnne Kalish2005, printe2013David Dufour donated a pair ophotograppostcards of Marsden HartlebCarvan Vechten,1939.

Totally an honor to be amongst the group.  It was a great way to end the week on such a high note!

http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/about/annual-reports.html

Portraiture

Things to know when Making a portrait –

Emily © JoAnne kalish

Emily © JoAnne kalish

 

Photograph the person with a portrait lens and with minimum depth of field, unless of course, you’re doing an environmental portrait.  Make your subject feel comfortable and relaxed by talking to them and telling them what you would like to do.  If it’s a formal portrait in the studio, make sure your lights are all set up.  Your camera should be set to the right exposure beforehand, as well as knowing where you stool will be placed if you are using one etc.  Have the person sit with one shoulder a little more towards you instead of straight on as it’s much more flattering. When you are making these portraits keep shooting and show the person a photo or two so they become more involved in the process. Always suggest to the person that they wear something they feel comfortable in.  Layers of clothing are nice for both men and women as it adds interest.  I personally like soft feminine and flattering necklines as well for women.  If they wear glasses either ask them to remove them or place the glasses a little lower on the bridge of their nose so as not to see the reflection of the lights (you might have to move your lights.)  Remember most women need softer lighting as it’s more flattering.  When photographing in available light and on-the-fly you need to quickly come up with an interesting and appropriate background which will not detract from the person. Obviously if it’s an environmental portrait you may want to use the person’s workspace or living space to tell something about the person.  If you can, try to have more than one idea where to place the person and move them around.  Again more times than not, this relaxes the person and puts them more at ease, knowing you know what you’re doing.

Artist Ricky Boscorino of Luna Parc © JoAnne Kalish

Artist Ricky Boscorino of Luna Parc © JoAnne Kalish

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Photographer Joe DiMaggio © JoAnne Kalish

Sam & Bindu © JoAnne Kalish

Sam & Bindu © JoAnne Kalish

Christina © JoAnne Kalish

Christina © JoAnne Kalish

Artist Joyce Weinstein © JoAnne Kalish