© John Goodman, Tuscany, August 2001
Jay Maisel studied Graphic Design with Leon Friend at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, NY. He then studied painting with Joseph Hirsch, and Fine Arts at Cooper Union. He received his BFA at Yale where he studied Color with Josef Albers. Jay began his career in photography in 1954 capturing the light, gesture, and color found in everyday life through commercial and personal work. He has developed a reputation as a giving and inspiring teacher as a result of extensive lecturing and photography workshops internationally. From 2008-2015, Jay hosted his own workshops at his famous six-story building, “the Bank”, where he lived and worked for 50 years. Stephen Wilkes documented Jay’s epic move in 2015, resulting in a feature-length film, Jay Myself, in the summer of 2019.