He lives in the biggest house, he smokes the biggest stogie, he has the biggest feet. I met Jay once—Arthur Kramer introduced us. I'm sure I was a lot less memorable to Jay than Jay is to me. There are all sorts of this-er or that-est photographers, but Jay, the leading commercial pro of his generation and not even really a pro at heart, is just the biggest. He has a basketball court in his studio. In Manhattan. That's big.
This video has been out for a while, but Svein-Frode suggested it in the Comments to yesterday's post and today seems like a good day for it.
If the day comes when just a few humans are going to be allowed to live forever, I'm casting a vote for Jay.
(Thanks to Svein-Frode)
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Amie Adams aka @mammaloves: "Thank you. I've needed inspiration lately. I stopped carrying my camera and I hate that. I need to find the joy again."
Jim Bullard: "He has an incredible eye. I know that is cliché but I don't know how else to say it. He sees photographs where no one else would. I'm not usually inclined to have heroes but he's an exception. He's just awesome."
Dennis: "Jay is my photographic idol—he's everything I'd love to be in a photographer. When it seems that every serious photographer does 'projects' or 'series' it's refreshing to see such a great photographer just going out with his eyes open and looking for things that will make great photographs. I don't buy other photographers works in print form (I buy books) but I'd love to own the shot that shows up first when you click on 'Recent Work' on his website—the cityscape with the Christmas lights on top of one roof. I've seriously toyed with the idea of spending $5k to attend his week-long workshop, but I know that as much as I'd enjoy it, I wouldn't have time to exploit the lessons learned."
Kenneth Tanaka: (partial comment): "Watching this profile today led me to the revelation that Jay has probably been one of the most powerful influences on my own photographic approach for many years. It never occurred to me that watching another short film of him many years ago really tattooed me with his brand of 'Look, it's all around you, dummy!' philosophy for finding images. But it really was not until today that I realized his influence on me. Perhaps I'll have the chance to meet him one day."
john crowley: "I think it's time for the 'Big Book of Jay.'"
Mike replies: Amen.