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Jay Maisel

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Nora McCarthy

on 26 November 2012

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Jay Maisel Biography Jay Maisel (born January 18, 1931, Brooklyn, New York) is an American color photographer

“If your not your own worst critic, then you are your own worst enemy” Awards His awards include the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Society of Media Photographers, and the Infinity Award of the International Center of Photography. One of Maisel's most famous images is his photograph of Miles Davis that appeared on the cover of Davis's album Kind of Blue. Maisel studied painting and graphic design at Manhattan's Cooper Union and at Yale University, and became a photographer in 1954 School “You see shape, and how the light hits things, how the color changes from one end of the photo to the other, and how movement affects the mood of the photo.” Maisel has always made a point, though, to shoot pictures for himself, something he stresses in the workshops he teaches in the gorgeous bank building that has been his home and studio since he purchased it in 1964. Whatever job he was on he would walk around looking for things that were interesting to him. At times, these were even the shots the clients would pick. “It’s impossible to overestimate how important the background in fine art and painting is. It’s not just light and shadow; It’s a whole awareness of our visual heritage going back 50,000 years.” Sports Illustrated Jay Maisel's Home 109 Bowery and its 72 rooms is home to Maisel and his family. He bought it in 1966 for $102,000–all 30,000 square feet and is now worth somewhere between $30-50 million. Style While his portfolio includes the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Miles Davis, he is perhaps best known for capturing the light, color, and gesture found in every day life.

When you look at one of Jay Maisel’s photographs you don’t just see a subject and a background. Each photograph is a mini-masterclass in composition and how to capture the subtle nuances of light playing against shadow. Having lived in New York his entire life, the city is in his blood and he has used the wonderful backdrop of Manhattan to become a master of street photography. When you look at one of Jay Maisel’s photographs you don’t just see a subject and a background. New York
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