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

 

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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

Will Barnet A Beautiful Man, A Great Artist and Friend -1911-2012

Will Barnet ©JoAnne Kalish

We were taking a flight to Austin, Texas to photograph their first F1 Grand Prix. I was reading The New York Times and a painting of Will’s caught my eye, as I was turning the page.  It was the Obituary Column – Will had passed away the day before (November 13.) We all knew it was coming but it really really hit me hard. I had spoke to Will the week before in hopes of getting together but sadly it did not work out.

I first met Will Barnet when I had an assignment to photograph him for ART & ANTIQUES MAGAZINE,  back in 2005 and we’ve been friends ever since. He was an exceptional person – warm, generous, extremely talented yet humble. He’d  always go that extra mile to make you feel special. With all his accomplishments and stature he never failed to ask how I was doing,  what kind of art I was making, and how was Joe? He always made me feel special.

For those of you not familiar with his work, Will’s body of work ranges from universal family scenes, often but not always, using his wife, children,and pets as they connect with each other. On the other hand, his paintings go in other directions as well, exploring abstracts and the connection that can be made using bold colors & form. During this time, he was influenced by the artwork of American Indians. Will’s been a Printmaker, as well as being an Art Educator for many years. I’ve heard stories of how he’s influenced a generation of young artists. His kind, generous nature is not common in the art world  but Will was his own person. It did not take away, from who he was, to share with others. He welcomed the opportunity. After the Great Depression he was very involved in the federal art project heading up the WPA, which helped artists sustain a living while continuing to make their art. He has been the recipient of many awards. This past February 2012, President Obama Awarded him the Medal of Arts for his lifetime achievement.

One Saturday, I called and asked if I could stop by to say hello. He said that he was sorry but he was going to a friend’s gallery opening and we’d have to make it another time. Joe and I decided to check out some shows ourselves that weekend and who, did we stroll into but Will. It was so important for him to see what was going on at all times.

On another day, I was in the neighborhood and called him to see if I could stop by to say hello. He said, “give me a few minutes I’m coming down, meet me at the entrance of my building.”  His son Todd who I met for the first time was with him. It was a beautiful day and we sat in Gramercy Park talking like old friends reminiscing and sharing how we met. We had a good laugh about  how, after I had done his portrait,  I did not realize, until just before I left, that my face was covered (and I mean covered) with blue paint. All during the shoot he had found it very amusing but never said a word to me. That same day sitting in the park, he told me, that of all the famous photographers that had photographed him over the last eight decades, my photograph was his very  favorite and truly the best. He then followed this statement with – including the portrait that Arnold Newman had done of him. I wish I got it on tape!  Over the years, Will requested that my portrait be used alongside his work and it has been used in many museums and galleries and I’m truly honored. Recently it was used as the iconic opening photo in the book WILL BARNET AT 100.

This past New Year’s Day my cell phone rang and it was Will calling to wish Joe and myself a very Happy New Year.  It was a wonderful surprise!  I will cherish that phone call forever.

Will Barnet & Photographer JoAnne Kalish 2011