Jay Maisel

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Jay Maisel (born January 18, 1931, Brooklyn, New York) is an American photographer. His awards include the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame,[1] the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Society of Media Photographers,[2] and the Infinity Award of the International Center of Photography.[3]

Maisel studied painting and graphic design at Manhattan's Cooper Union and at Yale University, and became a photographer in 1954.[4]

One of Maisel's most known images is his photograph of Miles Davis that appeared on the cover of Davis's album Kind of Blue. In 2009, Andy Baio created an image based on the original Kind of Blue album cover for the cover of a chiptune tribute album titled "Kind of Bloop". Attorneys representing Maisel demanded damages and that the resulting image be removed from the chiptune album, resulting in an out-of-court settlement of $32,500 from Baio.[5][6]

For 40 years Maisel lived with his family in the historic Germania Bank Building in lower Manhattan. Built in 1898, the 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) single-family mansion contains 72 rooms over six floors. Maisel purchased the building in 1966 for $102,000 when the neighborhood was in severe decline. The building's value was estimated at $30 to $50 million in 2008. New York Magazine called it "maybe the greatest real-estate coup of all time."[7]

In February 2015 the Bank building was sold for $55 million to developer Aby Rosen.[8]

Maisel's new residence, a nearly 27-foot-wide townhouse at 177 Pacific Street in a Brooklyn historic district, is three stories high with a full, finished basement; it has six bedrooms, six full baths and two half baths and an elevator, over about 10,000 square feet of space. The annual taxes on the house, which had a $16 million asking price, are $22,548.68.[9]


  1. ^ "Jay Maisel". 
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  4. ^ "Biography". jaymaisel.com. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Popper, Ben (June 23, 2011). "Art-Techie Sued by Legendary Photographer Jay Maisel". The New York Observer. 
  6. ^ Chalk, Andy (June 24, 2011). "Chiptune Cover Album Leads to Huge Legal Bill". The Escapist. 
  7. ^ "The 72-Room Bohemian Dream House". 
  8. ^ Jerreat, Jessica (February 6, 2015). "Breaking the bank! Mysterious Manhattan finance building home to photographer sells for $55 MILLION - 42 years after he bought it for $102,000 to share with Roy Lichtenstein". Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
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