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Jay Maisel

After studying painting and graphic design at Cooper Union and Yale, Jay Maisel began his career in photography in 1954. 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. This unique vision kept him busy for over 40 years shooting annual reports, magazine covers, jazz albums, advertising and more for an array of clients worldwide. Some of his commercial accomplishments include five Sports Illustrated swimsuit covers, the first two covers of New York Magazine, the cover of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (the best-selling jazz album of all time), twelve years of advertising with United Technologies, and a litany of awards from such organizations as ICP, ASMP, ADC, PPA, and Cooper Union. Since he stopped taking on commercial work in the late '90s, Jay has continued to focus on his personal work. He has developed a reputation as a giving and inspiring teacher as a result of extensive lecturing and photography workshops throughout the country. He also continues to sell prints, which can be found in private, corporate, and museum collections.

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Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity. – T S Elliot

My best work is almost unconscious and occurs ahead of my ability to understand it. – Sam Abell

We do not take pictures, we are taken by pictures. – Ernst Haas

The heart has reasons that reason cannot know. – Black Pascal

I have never started a poem whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering. – Robert Frost

We dance around the circle and suppose but the secret sits in the middle and knows. - Robert Frost

I’m sorry I know so little, I’m sorry we all know so little, but that’s kind of the fun, isn’t it? – Dennis Overye quoting Vera Rubin

Absurdity is an offense to logic, but logic is not the master of the mind. – Sigmund Freud

Wisdom is knowing what to leave out. – William James

The real question is not what you look at but what you see. – Herny David Thoreau

It's not what you see but what you make others see. - Degas 

 Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart. – Phil Jackson

 Just like one guy can write a sentence and it’s beautiful and another one
can write it and it’s dead. What the difference is, I don’t know. - Harry Callahan

How the photographer got there is indescribable and mysterious it stops dead in their tracks, those who would explain the whole business for us and make logical and predictable the content of photographs. – Phil Perkis

Dare to be naive. - Buckminster Fuller

Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has even been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you will discover will be wonderful. What you discover will be yourself. - Alan Alda

We each have to find our own way. It’s a process that involves indecision, loneliness and uncertainty. There is no path and no road signs, encouraging words may be few, if any. If you choose this path, your rewards will be fleeting moments of intense joy and exquisite awareness. Those working in safer more predictably structured endeavors will have no idea what they miss or what we are talking about. – Jay Maisel

Masterpieces every day: optional. Shooting and looking and doing visual pushups every day: mandatory. – Jay Maisel

You will never see two chimpanzees carry a log together. Chimps are very smart but their intelligence is based on distrust. - Natalie Angier

Determination out weighs nature and nurture (persistence!) Grit, self discipline and confidence. - Alina Tugend

Photography is only a tool to see life, and how you embrace life is how you photograph it. - Don McKay

It must move you!
If it doesn’t excite you,
this thing that you see,
why in the world would it excite me? - Jay Maisel