Lucie Spotlight: Jay Maisel

Jay Maisel is the 2005 Lucie Honoree for Achievement in Advertising

Jay Maisel has been called a “visual alchemist” and his photos indeed take the ordinary to the extraordinary. His photographs are often associated with vibrant color and an intricate use of light and gesture.

His artistic eye is not a surprise, when you realize that his training is predominantly in art. He studied graphic design with Leon Friend at Abraham Lincoln High School and later received a scholarship to study with acclaimed painter, Joseph Hirsch. At Cooper Union University, he studied painting, drawing, three-dimensional design and calligraphy. Jay studied painting with Josef Albers at Yale University. They wouldn’t allow him use the darkroom because he wasn’t a commercial major. However, a helpful night watchman looked the other way as he worked in the darkroom each night. He decided to pursue a photographic career the day he graduated, when he realized that making a living as a painter is often difficult.
 
"The drama of light exists not only in what is in the light, but also in what is left dark. If the light is everywhere, the drama is gone."
- Jay Maisel
 
He has been a freelance photographer sought out by advertising agencies and major corporations since 1954. His photography also appears in books, corporate and private collections. Maisel edited and contributed to “The Most Beautiful Place in the World” in 1986 and has photographed numerous books of his own, including “Light on America” and “On Assignment, Photographs by Jay Maisel,” in 1990, “Jay Maisel’s New York” in 2000, “A Tribute,” a photographic portrait of the World Trade Center. Most recently he has published books to mentor photographers such as "Light, Gesture, and Color" in 2014 and "It's Not About the F-Stop" in 2015.
 
Included among his many awards for excellence are the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame, American Society of Media Photographers’ Photographer of the Year Award and the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award. In 2020 Jay was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame. A graduate of Cooper Union and Yale University, Jay continues his education by teaching younger photographers at workshops, seminars and lectures around the world.

Jay Maisel: Miles Davis, Some Kind of Blue, NYC

The Lucie Foundation, is a  501(c) 3 non-profit, charitable foundation . The foundation presents year-round programming to support  photographers.  The signature program of the Lucie Foundation is the Lucie Awards.   The Lucie Awards is an annual gala ceremony that celebrates master photographers and their contributions to the field of photography. Honorees are determined each year by the Lucie Awards advisory board.   Other programs include photography membership,  The Lucie Technical Awards (LTA), The Lucie Impact Awards, The Lucie Photo Book Prize, The Story Behind the Image, Open Calls, exhibitions, photographer talks and workshops.   The Lucie Foundation’s focus on emerging photographers is though the Lucie Scholarship program, and The Lucie Witness Project  The House of Lucie is the physical home for the Lucie Foundation and are contemporary photography spaces showcasing the extraordinary work of the Lucie Award Honorees, as well as discovering and sharing the work of local and international photographic talent.  Additionally, the house of Lucie centers for photography hold the permanent collection for the Lucie Award Honorees photographic work as well as serving as public spaces for rotating exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and events to promote photography to as wide an audience as possible. Currently The House of Lucie is located in Budapest, Iran, Los Angeles (under construction) and land has been acquired in Italy, France, Greece and Thailand.

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