Book Review: Light, Gesture & Color by Jay Maisel


Jay Maisel is one of those photographers who make me humble. He spends much of his time in New York, a city I know well. But he sees things I don’t see. It’s like I’m blind compared to him. We inhabit the same sphere but his abounds in photographic opportunities and mine is bare in comparison.

His is a simple world, too. No GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)  for Maisel, if you forget about the 2000mm lens that he uses on the rooftop of the bank building that is his home and studio. He just uses the top Nikon DSLR and the 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens that many frown on because of its less-than-stellar optics. And he carries that combo everywhere. Everywhere, even on a quick bathroom break during a road trip.

It’s also simple, because he hardly ever crops or post-processes his images. He sees what he sees, takes the shot he wants and that’s it.

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