Adorama Street Fair June 10, 2012

©1973 Joe DiMaggio

When I was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Adorama Street Fair obviously I was honored. Anytime I can give back to our community I take the opportunity to do so.  Manhattan will always be my community. In a world where the dollar is golden the powers that be at Adorama are amazingly generous with their time and their location. They put a strong emphasis on photo education and considering how important photography is to us we take it seriously.  The attendance appeared to be twice as large as last year with more vendors and great fun for the whole family and it was for a great cause.  It does not get better than that.  Well, maybe it does get better than that.  On more than one occasion I’ve been quoted as saying “the best things in life are free.”  I was standing looking at a printer and a someone approached me and said hi ,Joe DiMaggio? He said you probably don’t remember me but you helped me out on a shoot with  Pelé when you were with Sports Illustrated.  I backed up another foot to focus on his eyes.  He was right I did not remember. I said what year was that and he said 1973.  I said that was 39 years ago (keeping in mind I’m only 29 years old.)  He reminded me I gave him some critical advice on how to photograph Pelé and I believe he said it changed his life.  Unfortunately, it was a sad time for David. He lost his dad at a young age and lost his mom the month before. As he explained it he was orphaned at age 16.  on his own and greatly appreciated my kind words. What he did and what he said was better than the equivalent of a check for $50,000.  What he did was free and what he did in making me feel good was wonderful.  It made my month. Brothers and Sister’s it’s all good.  Thanks, David who as it turns out to be good friends with Kayla Lindquist from Sony. I’ve called my publisher and you’re going to be added to my new book, Visual Literacy.  By the way he’s one hell of a photographer and here’s his website –    http://www.davidseelig.com

DiMaggio Seelig Lindquist ©’12 J. Kalish

DiMaggio & Seelig © 2012 JoAnne Kalish

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