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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Letterman Late Night The End of An Era – I Remember When…

Letterman Late Night with Guest Frank Mundus © JoAnne Kalish

Letterman Late Night with Guest Frank Mundus © JoAnne Kalish

 

 

Letterman Late Night with guest Frank Mundus  © JoAnne Kalish

Letterman Late Night with guest Frank Mundus © JoAnne Kalish

My partner photographer Joe DiMaggio has always loved the Sea. It draws him in like a magnet. Years ago, he did a story for one of the Sporting Magazines on Shark Fisherman Frank Mundus. Rumor had it that Mundus was the role model for Benchley’s character “Quint” in the movie Jaws. Mundus and Joe became friends. Mundus often asked Joe to come along on charters, when he needed an extra hand. Because of his love of the Sea and the opportunity to photograph out there, as well, Joe was more than happy to go along.

When Mundus and Donnie Braddock caught the 3427 lb Great White in Montauk, Joe was the first person Mundus called ship to shore. Joe hired a small plane to fly to Montauk and photograph them as they came in with the catch.  At the time, it was a considered a Rod and Reel Record.  Joe’s photos ran throughout the world.

I was a young mother at the time, wanting to stay close to home. I was asked to do some public relations for Mundus and I agreed.  One of the first things, I did was get him on the Late Show with David Letterman. As you can see I was successful in getting him on the show and afterwards booking him two other times as well.  It was a great experience.  We had a lot of fun and Dave was very nice.

Here’s just one of many photos of the Great White with Mundus (© Joe DiMaggio) and below and above are some photos I took of Frank Mundus on the Letterman Late Night Show.

Capt. Frank Mundus with 3427 Great White © Joe DiMaggio

Capt. Frank Mundus with 3427 Great White © Joe DiMaggio

(I found this on the Wikipedia page –  JoAnne Kalish, internationally known photographer, booked Captain Frank Mundus on the Late Show with David Letterman.)  Nice to be mentioned.

Letterman Late Night with Guest Frank Mundus © JoAnne Kalish

Letterman Late Night with Guest Frank Mundus © JoAnne Kalish

Building a Better Portfolio and Website

Artist Will Barnet and Photographer JoAnne Kalish © Joe DiMaggio

Artist Will Barnet and Photographer JoAnne Kalish © Joe DiMaggio

Your website and/or portfolio is an assortment of visual material that needs to be organized to make a positive visual statement about you and your work. There should be a flow where elements work together and not fight each other. It should be a captivating and a thought provoking layout of spreads and pages, color, form, thematic relationships, scale changes, humor, elements of surprise, as well as details and whole pieces, and should entertain the eye. Your ultimate showpiece.

Have you ever heard the expression – “when in doubt leave it out”?  Well it very much applies to your website and portfolio. Begin strong and end strong but also think in terms of a beginning, middle,and an end while showing off your work in the best possible light. Remember your final image will most likely leave a more lasting impression than the first.  Only show a perspective client maybe 20 photos and group them so they flow well. Arrange and rearrange the order until it speaks to you and hopefully to them.

Now that you put your best work together the question is are there any weaknesses that you see?  What do you need to do to work on these weakness?  What are your strong points and how can you accentuate what you do best?  You’ve now gotten to the next step of becoming a better photographer.

By the way Will, even though you’re in heaven, my thoughts are with you as I am remembering that your 102 birthday would have been this Saturday May 25.  I miss you…

Nude Runner on Beach

Photo ©JoAnne Kalish All Rights reserved

I made a fun photo of a nude male runner on the beach. A few days after this photo was made, my assistant answered the phone and told me that my “Nude Dude” was calling and to pick up. The photo has since been referred to as the “Nude Dude.” The photograph is loved by both men and women alike. I’ve had so many hits from all over the world on our website. A magazine used it as a double truck spread and what a reaction it got! It also helped with sales of course. What makes this a special photograph? Possibly because of the concept and the idea of the photo and that it’s a little unusual. It has a clean, simple, uncluttered background, a pleasing blue color and my subject is a good looking male with a great physique.

The photo is a good example of a pan or panning with a camera. To do this you choose a slow shutter speed to pick up movement (shutter speed depends on variety of factors such as how fast subject is moving and what kind of effect you’d like to achieve) You pan or move your body in a fluid motion following the action of your subject and a little beyond.

I lost touch with the model a while ago, so Frankie if you’re out there I hope you’re doing well. Everybody loves the photo of you.

For anyone interested you can purchase this photo in a signed limited edition by calling our studio. It is also available as a limited edition poster which is suitable for framing for $40 plus $8 shipping on our website at http://www.dimaggio-kalish.com

Photograph ©JoAnne Kalish All Rights Reserved

Artist and Friend Will Barnet Receives the National Medal of Arts from President Obama

Press Photo

© JoAnne Kalish All Rights Reserved

Artist Will Barnet, legendary painter and print maker just turned 100 in May, recently received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama.

Barnet received this high honor “for his contributions as an American painter, printmaker, and teacher,” according to the citation. “For over 80 years, Mr Barnet has been a constant force in the visual arts world, marrying sophistication and emotion with beauty and form,” the citation said.

Will can no longer stand, but he still paints three to four hours a day in his duplex apartment in the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park, where he and his wife Elena have lived since 1982.  If you are not familiar with his work he is known for his abstract and expressionist paintings as well as his depictions of family and personal scenes.  Will taught at Cooper Union and Yale, among other places.  His famous students include Mark Rothko and Alex Katz.

I had an assignment from Arts & Antiques Magazine to do a spread on Will approximately 7 years ago and it was the best assignment I’ve ever had bar none.  It was a total privilege and honor just to meet him, let alone photograph him.  I totally admire his artwork and as a human being I’ve never met anyone quite like him.  He is so genuine giving and unassuming. He is totally supportive of women in the arts and if you think about his age and his artist contemporaries you will realize that was rarely the case.  Will and I have stayed in touch over the years as he has told me his favorite portrait is the one I did of him and no one has captured him the way I have.  He always requests my photograph of him, to be used alongside his work and he has an obvious favorite.

I just want to totally brag here and say Will called me this past New Year’s Day to wish Joe and I a very Happy New Year.  I was totally blown away!  That’s what I mean about him being so special!

Here is a selections of some of Will Barnet’s Paintings –



It Only Gets Better!

I had an awesome day yesterday. The first part of my day was a shoot with Cisco Graciano and Michelle Fleet at the famous Paul Taylor dance studio in Manhattan – awsome. I could not ask for two more talented, lovely, easy going, and fun people to be working with. The studio space was unbelievable. Afterwards, it was followed up by being invited to the Adorama Grand Opening Party at Adorama Professional. Really great party with wonderful people, good food and good drinks.  Had loads of fun, had many great conversations, and enjoyed meeting well-known and great photographer Bill Eppridge and his wife Adrienne. Even had a chance to meet the famous Mr. Mendlowitz of Adorama!  All in all met a lot of really lovely people yesterday, saw many old friends, and had a great shoot!  What else could you ask for?