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JoAnne Kalish

JoAnne Kalish

JoAnne Kalish’s passion for photography came about at a young age. She was the first woman photographer hired to work for “Sports Illustrated” photographing various sporting events and their star athletes. She was contracted by the International Olympic Committee to provide photographic coverage of the 1984 Olympic Games.

Having contributed pictures to most major international publications such as “Time Magazine”, “Der Speigel”, “Paris Match”, “U.S. News & World Report” and various others, she turned her attention to Advertising work and personal projects, including her current Sensuality Series. In the advertising realm, she’s picked up numerous awards, receiving international acclaim for her Claritin and Sports Authority ad campaigns. As a Television host, she traveled into the jungles of Panama to film an episode of ESPN’s “Canon Photo Safari.” Kalish has led “American Photo/Popular Photography Magazine’s Mentor Series Workshops, was invited to create a seminar on Sensuality and Beauty at the Palm Beach Workshop, and now teams up with photographer Joe DiMaggio to teach the DiMaggio/Kalish International Photo Workshops. To see more of her personal work you can go to

Kalish is an Associate Co-Producer on Discovery Channel’s special for Shark Week – titled “The Last Shark Hunter”

The New York Times Art Critic, Helen Harrison, reviewed her work at a show, at The Artist’s Forum and wrote “her luscious studies of fruit are particularly effective, especially in their lighting, which emphasizes the sensuous qualities of color and form.”

Perhaps one of the Grand Prix's most enduring images was captured by JoAnne, with approximately, 1500 press photographers in attendance at Long Beach, JoAnne was the only photographer that managed to capture the famous shunt involving Andretti and James Hunt the year Andretti went onto winning the title. This photograph was published first in Sports Illustrated as well as being used as the only double truck spead in Andretti’s coffee table book.

The Tragedy of September 2001 will never be forgotten with her photograph of a Prayer Vigil on Sept 13, which has been recognized as one of the greatest tributes to the American Sprit and is now part of the Permanent Collection at the White House. A quote from Charlie Borst, Director of Photography at Corbis Sigma USA – “ I must say that from all the pictures I’ve edited of this tragedy, this quickly rises to the top.”

“Kalish captures things that most people don’t see.  It is to her advantage that she is very laid back, putting her subjects immediately at ease. With that comfort comes amazing in-depth photo illustrations and portraits.”  Her iconic portrait of Artist Will Barnet, who was awarded the Medal of Arts from President Obama in 2012 at the age of 101, is a treasure. It takes the viewer into his life in such a way that you’re actually part of the photograph and his artwork.” The portrait is now part of the permanent collection in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, as well as being part of the White House Collection and has been accepted by the Museum of Modern Art as well.


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Equipment List

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lenses of choice 100 macro, 135mm,  200 f/1.8  16-35mm
Gitzo GM2561T Traveler Series 2 6x Carbon Fiber Maximum Height of 56.3"
Gitzo GM3350XL Series 3 Aluminum Monopod with 5 Sections and G-Lock, Maximum Height of 73.23"
Lastolite Reflectors
Kata camera bags (I have several)
Gitzo tripod vertical ball head