George Kalinsky

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George Kalinsky is a photographer. He has been the official photographer for Madison Square Garden since 1966 and also serves as the official photographer at Radio City Music Hall. In November 2010 the National Arts Club awarded him their Medal of Honor for Photography.[1]

Kalinsky's photos have been in many major publications, such as Sports Illustrated, People, Newsweek, and The New York Times. He has authored ten books.

In May 2009, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened an exhibit dedicated to photographs Kalinsky took at some of Madison Square Garden's most legendary concerts.[2] Many of these photographs are now part of the Museum's permanent collection.

Beginning with the 2010 baseball season, the New York Mets, for whom Kalinsky had been the official photographer, are displaying throughout Citi Field many photographs by Kalinsky.


Kalinsky was honored with the 2017 Legends Award by the Pratt Institute with a dinner at the Mandarian Hotel in November 2017. The New-York Historical Society had an exhibit "New York through the Lens of George Kalinsky" featuring 80 images of Kalinsky's work from the last 50 years. The show opened to great reviews and will be on extended viewing until July 2018. The museum will make this exhibit part of their permanent collection. In February 2018, Sports Business Journal featured Kalinsky and his career on the front page of their magazine. Frank Sinatra Enterprises is also producing a documentary on Kalinsky's 50-year career.

Memorable Moments[edit]

Championships won by New York City teams[edit]

Political Conventions[edit]

Other moments[edit]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 2001 - Recipient of the highest award given by the photography industry (PMDA) as International Photographer of the Year.
  • 2001 - Named "Sportsman of the Year" by the National Center for Disabilities, an organization for which he served as co-chairman.
  • 2001 - Named "Man of the Year" by Pratt Institute, where he had been a design student.
  • 2007 - Inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[3]
  • 2008 - Recipient of Pratt Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 2010 - New York City Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.[4]
  • 2010 - Recipient of National Arts Club's Medal of Honor for Photography.
  • 2015 - Recipient of New York Knicks' Dick McGuire Legacy Award.[5]
  • 2017 - Recipient of Pratt Institute's Legends Award.
  • Served on the Fulbright Scholarship Foundation
  • Included in New York Resident's list of top 100 New Yorkers.


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