Jay Maisel's New York

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A master photographer's love affair with his home city

New York has been the subject for countless photographs. But few have had a feel for the city that Jay Maisel has.

Jay has been photographing New York since the '50s. His home is located far downtown, but he has shot every part of the city — from street level, looking down from rooftops and bridges. His aerial shots are moody, poetic, amazing by turns.

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Overview

A master photographer's love affair with his home city

New York has been the subject for countless photographs. But few have had a feel for the city that Jay Maisel has.

Jay has been photographing New York since the '50s. His home is located far downtown, but he has shot every part of the city — from street level, looking down from rooftops and bridges. His aerial shots are moody, poetic, amazing by turns.

This book is filled with spectacular sights — marathon runners on bridges, sunlight and moonlight reflecting off mirror walls onto the river, the awesome mass of skyscrapers bunched against blue skies. It's also about New York's people. It has the most surprising faces and details you'll see in any book about cities, gleaned from a lifetime of being on the scene.

Jay Maisel's New York is one of the most beautiful books of the year.

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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Camera
Captivating ... I can thoroughly recommend this picture book. It should be one of the books a photographer's library.
American Photo
The book's pictures capture the beauty and the terror of the City ... [with] Maisel's trademark visual wit.
— Rusell Hart
January Magazine
Instincts of a journalist and a storytellers eye, Maisel captures the beauty, ugliness and contradictions that make up New York.
— David Middleton
Vancouver Lifestyle Magazine
This is the first time these beautiful photographs have been placed in book form. Maisel's use of color and light are second to none.
— Jim Gordon
Columbus Dispatch
Images that reveal a deeper, less obvious side of the city. [Maisel] is strongest capturing seemingly insignificant details.
— Doral Chenoweth III
Antiques and the Arts Weekly
The most surprising faces and details you'll see in any book about cities, gleaned from a lifetime of being on the scene.
American Photo - Rusell Hart
The book's pictures capture the beauty and the terror of the City ... [with] Maisel's trademark visual wit.
January Magazine - David Middleton
You see complexity and balance in his often deceptively simple compositions. With the instincts of a journalist and a storytellers eye, Maisel captures the beauty, ugliness and contradictions that make up New York.
Vancouver Lifestyle Magazine - Jim Gordon
This is the first time these beautiful photographs have been placed in book form. Maisel's use of color and light are second to none.
Columbus Dispatch - Doral Chenoweth III
Images that reveal a deeper, less obvious side of the city. [Maisel] is strongest capturing seemingly insignificant details.
David Middleton
You see complexity and balance in his often deceptively simple compositions.
—(January Magazine)
Jim Gordon
Beautiful photographs ... Maisel's use of colour and light are second to none.
—(Vancouver Lifestyle Magazine)
Antiques and the Arts Weekly
The most surprising faces and details you'll see in any book about cities.
Russell Hart
The book's pictures capture the beauty and the terror of the City ... [with] Maisel's trademark visual wit.
Canadian Camera
Captivating ... I can thoroughly recommend this picture book. It should be one of the books a photographer's library.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Maisel can best be categorized as a corporate mystic, in business for his heart and soul as well as his wallet. His photographs are equally at home in big-stakes advertising, private collections, annual reports, galleries and magazines. Still, there is no gainsaying Maisel's commitment to his craft, and this collection continues his palatable work on cities like Jerusalem and San Francisco. Maisel's clean and colorful shots run from panoramic aerial sweeps to more intimate closeups, including a head shot of Lady Liberty herself, which, predictably enough, serves as the cover shot. A dozen approaches to the skyline give way to the placid facades of gentrified East Village apartment buildings. Pigeons, cops, Gay Pride marchers, kids, ball players and hanger-outers Maisel finds on the streets round things out. Although the Brooklyn-born photographer gets about as close to New York as the average episode of Friends, his enthusiasm is palpable, and it saves the book from being just a well-catalogued calendar. (Oct. 31) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552094969
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/7/2000
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 10.75 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay Maisel is in the Art Directors' Club Hall of Fame. He studied with Joseph Albers at Yale, and has won numerous awards, including the American Society of Media Photographers' Lifetime Achievement Award. He has created countless memorable images for advertising, editorial, and corporate communications. He lives, of course, in New York.

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