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Jay Maisel's New York Hardcover – October 7, 2000


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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)
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Maisel's clean and colorful shots run from panoramic aerial sweeps to more intimate closeups ... his enthusiasm is palpable. (Publishers Weekly 2000-10-09)

Captivating ... I can thoroughly recommend this picture book. It should be one of the books a photographer's library. (Canadian Camera 2001-06-01)

The book's pictures capture the beauty and the terror of the City ... [with] Maisel's trademark visual wit. (Rusell Hart American Photo 2001-10-01)

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. (David Middleton January Magazine 2000-12-01)

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 Vancouver Lifestyle Magazine 2000-11-01)

Images that reveal a deeper, less obvious side of the city. [Maisel] is strongest capturing seemingly insignificant details. (Doral Chenoweth III Columbus Dispatch 2001-02-07)

The most surprising faces and details you'll see in any book about cities, gleaned from a lifetime of being on the scene. (Antiques and the Arts Weekly 2001-03-23)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; First Printing edition (October 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552094960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552094969
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2000
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Jay Maisel's New York is the single richest and most alluring photo book about my city that I have seen. It is especially satisfying because my New York is captured and served up by a true photographic genius.
Going through the pages, I find myself gasping and smiling all at once.
Jay has that rare ability to hit your eyes with a one-two punch. First, he serves up a moment or fleeting gesture and frames it with a simple stunning composition made with colors.
He is able, page after page, to make a reader's stomach flutter in recognition of moments of light that most of us only "thought" we saw.
He's a master in the profession.
Gary Gladstone
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 5, 2001
New York history and culture has been covered so often before, who can offer a different perspective on the city? Photographer Maisel does, in Jay Maisel's New Yorkm a title which captures both unique urban sights and ordinary days in New York activity, from immigrants on a rooftop to Gay Pride Day celebrations. Full-page color photos are vivid and striking whether they be of oddly-brilliant building paint jobs or individuals.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By deepcloud on March 20, 2008
I love Jay's style, and have been a fan for years, which is strange because he was primarily an advertising photographer. Most advertising photogs are strictly in it for the money, and their work shows it. Jay though, always seemed to put his heart into even his $100,000 Amex campaigns. I remember reading that he would tell clients if an assignment wasn't going well, something along the lines of, "Let's make it something that I would do for free anyway, even though you're paying me, that way I'm happy, and you're happy." Strange then, that I find that stuff much better than the stuff in this book. There are still gorgeous pictures, but if you want to see some amazing stuff, try to find an old copy of Communication Arts from the eighties, the Photography Annuals, to be precise. Maybe 1985, 1986, etc. AMAZING stuff. You will understand why other photographers freaking WORSHIP the man. I was slightly disappointed when I first received this book. It doesn't grab me, and some of the transparencies seem to be in bad shape. Oh well, hopefully his website will be up again soon.
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If you are interested in street photography you will love this book, Jay Maisel is a very successful commercial photographer and after his retirement from commercial photography decided to do what he loves the way he loves doing it. Photography his way. He was borne in NY and Lived there all his life, a true and true New yorker. You will love this book, the only problem with this book is that it is hard to find new. I had to buy the last copy for a friend from a used dealer on Amazon.
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