Jay Maisel turns 80 today. For those of you who might not know, for years Jay was regarded as perhaps the top assignment pro in the world. I only met him once, many years ago, in the company of Arthur Kramer, but I'd recognize his silhouette any day. Happy Birthday Jay!
The photo is by Jay's friend Seth Resnick, who wrote a nice post about Jay for his birthday.
(Thanks to Rob Atkins)
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Featured Comment by Rob Atkins: "jaymaisel.com is full of appreciations for Jay. And of course you can view a selection of Jay's outstanding work."
Featured Comment by Mark Hobson: "Back in the mid-'70s, I was asked by Corning to be their backup choice to do the photography for their annual report. Their first choice was Jay Maisel, but they had yet to contact him, and were worried that their budget for the work—picturing some of their products in use in ten different countries around the world—was not in Maisel's league.
"I was asked to submit a budget for the assignment and I agonized for days over the numbers. Eventually, I just doubled my estimate to $40k, based on the fact that Maisel's number would be very high, probably even higher than I could imagine. A month or so later I was delivering some work to Corning and stopped in to see the client. I was informed that there was good news and bad news. The good news was that their budget was so low—$60k (in 1970 dollars, remember)—that Maisel wouldn't even send his portfolio because Corning's number wasn't enough to even be a starting point for negotiations. I was in.
"The bad news...Corning's new CEO, in a budget-cutting move, declared that his portrait would be the only picture in that year's annual report. And, he already had a portrait of himself he was happy with."
Featured Comment by Hugh Crawford: "He also lives in one of the most awesome houses in New York City now that the Frick and the Morgan are no longer private homes."
Another picture of Jay's front door by MGChan. (For more, do a Google image search for "190 Bowery.")
Jay relaxing at home by Leigh Davis.
Featured Comment by Adam Lanigan: "I'm late to the party as always, but I just realised that I've got a photo of Jay's front door with his name right on it and had never made the association."