New Orlean’s Leah Chase of The Famous Dooky Chase Restaurant

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A bit of sad news to start out a Monday morning is that Leah Chase passed away yesterday.

Both Joe and I met Leah Chase in New Orleans approximately 20 years ago. She agreed to open up the restaurant and kitchen for us so we could do a series of portraits of her in her renowned Restaurant Dooky Chase which was legendary and loved by many. If you were in town you had to go there and so many famous people did. The restaurant was known for serving presidents, as well as freedom riders. Martin Luther king, James Baldwin, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Barrack Obama and George W. Bush all have eaten there. In a city operating under Jim Crow laws Dooky Chase became the only upscale restaurant where African Americans could gather.

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.

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Everybody’s a Photographer

© JoAnne Kalish

Everybody’s a photographer nowadays but some have been photographers much longer than you! They make their living from it!

This is an assignment I had with a model I worked with several times in the past.  He was looking for something different and this is what I came up with.  I wanted to depict – attitude, proudness, confidence and strength.

© JoAnne Kalish

 

© JoAnne Kalish

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

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

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Pete Seeger © JoAnne kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

Pete Seeger © JoAnne Kalish