Workshop Stories Book

I just got a copy of Elizabeth Opalenik's book, Workshop Stories. I could not be more delighted. There are written pieces by each photographer about workshops, photography, life, creativity, and humor! Plus each photographer is represented by one image.

The book is beautifully printed in both color and black and white. 

I wrote the foreword but have no skin in the game. I just really think it's a terrific book that everyone, not just photographers, will love. I'm just delighted with it.

 Get it at

You'll love it.


Jay's Surprise 90th B-day Video

Well-wishers in order of appearance:
first row:
1. Albert N.
2. Elizabeth O.
3. Paul P.
4. Stephen and Bette W.
5. Seth R.
6. Sean C.
7. Laura W.
second row:
8. Jed B.
9. Carl S.
10. Arthur and Linda M.
11. Jesse M.
12. Dylan M. (not in thumbnail grid)
13. Tanya and Kevin C.
14. Emma and Susan Z.
15. Mark and Neysa M.
third row:
16. Carolyn W.
17. Rick A.
18. Barbara B.
19. Greg A. and Family
20. Steve M.
21. Larry and Lou
22. Renie H.
fourth row:
23. Maurice and Valerie H.
24. Alan and Josef B.
25. Harvey and Paulyne
26. Sara and Anna
27. Michael, Ari, Ava, and Tal F.
28. John and Diane "Monkey" E.
29. Reid C.
fifth row:
30. John E. and Laura P.
31. Sean K.
32. Greg B., Camille V. and Taters ("ruff")
33. Dano S.
34. Henry, Clair, Lily, and Andrew T.
35. Ellie K., Dennis, Jane, and Andrew
36. Fatima and Shakir AS
sixth row:
37. Geoff G.
38. Greg H.
39. Jack R.
40. Jackson T.
41. Marianne P.
42. Prudence, Lucy, Sadie, Matt, Bo ("ruff ruff")
43. Peter M.
seventh row:
44. Lauren W.
45. Greg G.
46. Ron T.
47. (Hale,off-camera) Rosie G.
48. Eli and Allyn B

Lynn Goldsmith's Fight Is Your Fight

Lynn Goldsmith has lost a very important court case in NY Federal District Court.  The ruling affects all visual artists, especially photographers.  This case was lost to the Warhol Foundation, which has very deep pockets and can now feel empowered, as can other famous wealthy artists or corporations, to continue their taking of the works of photographers, graphic artists and others without permission or payment.  The issue is not just selling it as a fine art creation of Andy Warhol but for licensing of the image as “stock” sales as well.

Lynn Goldsmith was “preemptively” sued by the Warhol Foundation to establish a legal position that an image Lynn created was now theirs because Warhol made “sufficient” alterations to the image. The judge in this case ruled for the Warhol Foundation. They filed for her to pay their legal fees and expenses even though they initiated the suit. Lynn could be responsible for the Foundation’s legal fees that can run into the millions. Can you imagined being sued to have one of your images declared someone else’s and then have to pay for their, as well as your, attorney’s fees, too?

It could happen to you.

The cavalier, arbitrary, and capricious nature of this judicial decision of such an obvious theft seems to purposely invite plagiarism, which is the word thieves hate. They prefer the words appropriation and expropriation, which still means the taking of someone else’s property without permission or authority.

This decision must be appealed.

The fact that Lynn Goldsmith is continuing this battle in appeals court means that she’s fighting the battle for all artists and photographers. She’s fighting your battles for you.

You could be next. If we don’t help fight this gross miscarriage of justice now, it will come back to bite us in the ass later.

Lynn is risking everything she has. If she wins, we all can be a bit safer in the knowledge that there will be a legal precedent that can keep the thieves at bay.

I have contributed and you owe it to yourselves to contribute as generously as you can so that we will have, hopefully, in the future a certain security that our work cannot be stolen under some legal technicality that works against us.

This is your fight! Help win it. Spread the word.

To help combat this decision, contribute to:

Jay Maisel

UPDATE: Jay Myself movie to open Nationwide


We're excited to announce that Jay Myself will be opening in 26+ cities across the country in the next couple of months (more to come, possibly). To see the latest locations and dates, go to the official movie website or (it's the same site) and click on Screenings in the menu bar, or scroll down the page until you see the cities listing.

Jay Myself movie

Jay Myself movie


Stephen Wilkes' film, Jay Myself, is opening at the Film Forum in NYC on July 31.

Stephen & I will do a Q&A at the following shows:

  • Wednesday, July 31, 7:45 show
  • Thursday, August 1, 7:45 show
  • Friday, August 2, 7:45 show
  • Saturday, August 3, 6:00 show 
  • Sunday, August 4, 4:10 show 
  • Sunday, August 4, 6:00 show

The link to buy tickets is below. Please tell, or bring, your friends and family. We hope to see you there.

And here's the link to the trailer:

 JAY MYSELF in Los Angeles

Film will be opening in LA at the Laemmle Royal theater beginning August 16. Stephen and Bette will be there through the 18th to do Q & A .

Here's the link to buy tickets:


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