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Jay Maisel

Jay Maisel

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

Maisel studied painting and graphic design at Manhattan’s Cooper Union and at Yale University and became a photographer in 1954.

I like some of Mr. Maisel’s work but most of all i like Mr. Maisel’s mentality about photography, and that is because he does not follow any traditional thinking, he does not care to be politically correct and just tells it like it is, and he is correct.

Here is an excerpt from an interview with Mr. Maisel.

What advice would you give an aspiring photographer?

The funny answer would be “Pick very carefully your parents because you’ll need all the money you can get, the serious answer is
“Don’t study photography, if you are a photographic student and you take four years of photography you’ll end up with technically perfect pictures with possibly no content whatsoever, because you have not lived, and read things that made yourself an interesting person.

Listen to the interview


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