For this Photowalk, we will be exploring the Brooklyn neighborhood known as DUMBO, with it's cobblestone streets, historical buildings, galleries, new park spaces, and vistas of Manhattan, that all combine to make it a most popular venue for photographers and filmmakers.
During this Photowalk, there will be a wide variety of photographic opportunities as we walk along the busy streets and in the Main Street and Empire-Fulton Ferry sections of Brooklyn Bridge Park--a most recognizable vantage point for many great New York City photographs and films. With new sections of the park being opened over the next few years, we will have the opportunity to photograph the historical buildings, riverside walkways, street photography, park landscapes including Jane's Carousel, a restored 1920's carousel, the city skyline, and more.
We'll also be photographing at Gleason's Gym, a boxer's paradise, and the oldest American boxing gym, which has been around since 1937, first in the Bronx, then Manhattan and since the 1980s located in DUMBO. Virtually every major fighter in over the past 70 years has spent time at Gleason's. It is a colorful and fascinating place, certainly a great example of disappearing Americana. And Gleason's has been the location of 26 full-length movies--four of which won Academy Awards-- with movie stars such as Robert DeNiro preparing for his role in Raging Bull, and Hillary Swank learning how to box for her performance in Million Dollar Baby. Plus al least 100 documentaries have been shot there, including, Joe's upcoming film, 'In This Corner'.
To sum up this Photowalk, you'll be shooting scenics, vistas, wide and long shots, in low-light situations, and action and environmental portraits in one of New York's most vibrant locations. All in all, this will be a full and exciting day photographing and enjoying a unique neighborhood, and for Joe, since every Workshop takes on a life of it's own, this is sure to be a great adventure for all.
*Itinerary may be subject to last-minute changes due to weather or other circumstances.
Equipment: Since this is an all-day walking event, you want to go as light as possible-really! Recommended lenses are one wide-angle zoom, preferably f/3.5 or faster, and one mid-range telephoto zoom preferably f/4 or faster. Bring more memory cards and batteries than you think you will use, a cleaning cloth, and a small strobe if you have one.
Please: DO NOT bring tri-pods, they are not allowed in Gleason's.
Clothing: Dress casually and comfortably in layers, with good walking shoes. We will mainly be outdoors so bring appropriate clothing for the weather.
Level: All levels, from Photo Enthusiasts to Aspiring Pros.
Joe DiMaggio's broad range of photographic work has been featured for over three decades in publications like Time, Sports Illustrated, U. S. News and World Report and hundreds of other publications. His flair for advertising photography has netted him a client list of Fortune 500 corporations and prestigious advertising agencies. From having one of his well-known images - a Sports Illustrated cover of the Cooney-Holmes fight named as picture of the year by Time magazine to receiving a coveted invitation to join the International Olympic Committee, Joe's talent, hard work and constant search for new and exciting pictures are readily apparent and constantly evolving. Equally at ease with pictures that move, DiMaggio has directed a number of commercials and short films. He recently directed a one-hour documentary special which aired on Discovery Channel's Shark Week, titled, "The Last Shark Hunter".
DiMaggio's talent as a teacher has gained him a national reputation. He's been featured on ABC-TV's World of Photography and has hosted episodes of ESPN's Canon Photo Safari with celebrity guests William Shatner and A.J. Langer. He has lectured to thousands of aspiring photographers in workshops around the world and has taught at the Maine Photographic Workshop as well as conducting his own workshops with partner JoAnne Kalish.
To see more of Joe's work, visit: dimaggio-kalish.com