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Madison Square Garden's Eye

There are all kinds of photography: art, fashion and, to my mind the most captivating of all, news photography. There's nothing quite as evocative as an image taken when history is breaking. And there's a subset of news photography that's particularly appealing: sports photography...  

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Muhammad Ali: Drawn, Painted and Photographed

Muhammad Ali: Drawn, Painted and Photographed New-York Historical Society: the Ali photographs by George Kalinsky, the official photographer of Madison Square Garden, and the watercolors and sketches of Ali by the idiosyncratic artist LeRoy Neiman.  

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Dream Job: George Kalinsky

FIT TO PRINT: As the Garden’s in-house shutterbug since 1966, Kalinsky’s shot everyone from Elvis to the pope. George Kalinsky has seen it all — through the lens of his camera.As the in-house photographer for Madison Square Garden since 1966, the legendary picture snapper has captured images of sports stars and musicians including Elvis, Muhammad Ali, Sinatra, John Lennon and many a Ranger and Knick. He’s shot profiles of ex-presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton — and worked every Westminster Dog Show at the Garden since 1966. Growing up in Hempstead, LI, Kalinsky could have become a jock himself — he was offered a contract with the Baltimore Orioles. But instead he chose to pursue creative endeavors, launching a...

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Framing Muhammad Ali

'It's that eye within you. I want to be able to turn my photographs upside down and say "Gee that's a nice piece of art"' - George Kalinsky

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Garden Delights

George Kalinsky photographic career started on a whim in Miami Beach, today he's known Worldwide as Madison Square Garden's official photographer.

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MSG photographer gave Muhammad Ali rope-a-dope idea

By Neil BestOriginally Published Date - June 10, 2016 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — George Kalinsky was standing on an overpass Friday, waiting for Muhammad Ali’s funeral procession to pass by, when he casually mentioned that he came up with the “rope-a-dope” strategy that led to Ali’s upset victory over George Foreman in 1974. Wait . . . what? Strange but apparently true, as confirmed by Ali’s late trainer, Angelo Dundee. Kalinsky, 80, who has been Madison Square Garden’s official photographer for 50 years and was close to Ali, told the story this way: “In 1974 Muhammad called me and said, ‘I’d like to meet you at 6:30 at the Garden.’ I said, ‘Sure.’ It was an empty night at the Garden....

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“I Am King of the World”: Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky at New-York Historical Society, December 11, 2016 – March 26, 2017

George Kalinsky. Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, 1971. Chromogenic print from original scanned film. Courtesy George Kalinsky. The first of the famous “head to head” shots of Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali or any boxers. They were preparing for their epic match-up in 1971, the Fight of the Century, at Madison Square Garden. “Muhammad Ali’s legendary professional boxing career spanned twenty years, from 1960 until 1980. December 1965 George Kalinsky followed sportscaster Howard Cosell into Muhammad Ali’s workout session at the 5th St. Gym in Miami. Angelo Dundee, Ali’s trainer, stopped Kalinsky at the door, telling the young man with a camera that he had to pay to enter. “But I’m the photographer at Madison Square Garden,” he said. It...

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SEE IT: Dual Muhammad Ali Exhibits Reveal Candid Moments Outside the Ring

By Emily Frost December 13, 2016 UPPER WEST SIDE — A pair of exhibits focusing on Muhammad Ali tell the story of the larger-than-life boxer's victories and trials, as well as the quieter moments in between. "Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing" and "'I Am King of the World': Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky" at the New-York Historical Society display the work of two artists who became close friends with Ali and earned unparalleled access to the athlete and activist.  LeRoy Neiman, a late American artist known for depicting sporting events, and George Kalinsky, the official photographer for Madison Square Garden, both got to know Ali in the early '60s, when the exhibits start. Neiman's artworks — including watercolors, sketches and...

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Two New Exhibits Celebrate Muhammad Ali at New York Historical Society

by Linda Sheridan Now on display at the New-York Historical Society are two revealing new exhibits—Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing and "I Am The King of the World"—Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky. The complementary exhibits, one by a watercolor painter/sketch artist and one by a Madison Square Garden photographer, offer an intimate perspective of the heavyweight boxing champion's trailblazing career. Both shows come from a place of deep respect and trust;  they chronicle highlights and low points, as well as capturing Ali's sometimes quieter, more thoughtful interior life. Sports commentator Howard Cosell and Muhammad Ali, photographed at the 5th Street Gym in Miami, Dec. 1965, by George Kalinsky, during their first meeting. Neiman and Kalinsky...

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'Greatest' Exhibit Packs One-Two Punch at New York Historical Society

By Roger Clark http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2016/12/13/new-york-historical-society-unveils--greatest--exhibit.html Some memorable and even legendary photographs and paintings of Muhammad Ali are in exhibit in an unlikely place, the New York Historical Society. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report. Even in a photograph or a watercolor painting, Muhammad Ali seems larger than life. During his career in and out of the ring, he was well documented, but not many were as close as photographer George Kalinsky, or artist LeRoy Neiman. "You get a really good sense of their friendship, and the works are really immediate and intimate," said Lily Wong, curator of 'Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing.' Two exhibitions at the New York Historical Society pay tribute to the 3-time Heavyweight...

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“I Am King of the World”: Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky at New-York Historical Society, December 11, 2016 – March 26, 2017

NEW YORK, NY.- The New-York Historical Society celebrates the late, great boxing legend Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) and explores his relationship with artist LeRoy Neiman (1921-2012) and photographer George Kalinsky in two special exhibitions this winter. Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing highlight 21 vivid watercolors and on-the-spot sketches by Neiman that captured “The Champ’s” unique energy. “I Am King of the World”: Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky features 45 intimate photographs of Ali in and out of the ring by Madison Square Garden’s award-winning house photographer. On view concurrently on the second floor of the Museum through March 26, 2017, the complementary exhibitions offer an insider’s perspective on major moments in Ali’s career, such as...

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Muhammad Ali Exhibitions at New-York Historical Society

Remember the boxing icon at this pair of exhibits featuring works from two of his longtime friends. “I Am King of the World”: Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky features 45 intimate images taken by Madison Square Garden house photographer Kalinsky. “Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing” includes painted portraits, sketches of matches like the “Thrilla in Manila” and even works that Ali created. various times; free with museum admission

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Zeichnungen und Fotos von Muhammad Ali

Eine Ausstellung in der New York Historical Society zeigt berühmte Fotos und Zeichnungen des im Juni gestorbenen Boxers Muhammad Ali sowie Skizzen, die der einstige Weltmeister im Schwergewicht selbst angefertigt hat Was machst Du da? Ich kann das, gib' mir das Teil", sagte der Spitzensportler vor einem Boxkampf 1962 etwa, als der Zeichner LeRoy Neiman in der Garderobe gerade eine Skizze anfertigte. Mit bereits bandagierten Händen fügte Ali eigene Zeichnungen hinzu und unterschrieb als Cassius Clay - seinem bürgerlichen Namen, bevor er 1964 zum Islam konvertierte und den Namen Muhammad Ali annahm. "Er war ein Showman, er war eine Persönlichkeit, er war ein Darsteller, aber letzten Endes war er wirklich ein Boxer", sagte Fotograf George Kalinsky der Deutschen Presse-Agentur bei...

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“I Am King of the World”

For more than 50 years, George Kalinsky has captured iconic moments in sports as Madison Square Garden’s house photographer—a job he landed, in part, after bluffing his way into Muhammad Ali’s workout session in December 1965. Their encounter launched a decades-long friendship that lasted until Ali’s death in 2016. Through 45 intimate works, this inspiring photo exhibition reveals flashes of the Champ’s life out of the ring, sharing moments with fans and the press, as well as in his element, boxing in the explosive matches that helped make him “The Greatest.”

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Sports Of The Times; Through the eyes of George kalinsky

By George Vecsey Published: March 7, 1981 Every time the gates open at Madison Square Garden, George Kalinsky has the best vantage point in the house. He is the Garden's photographer, which means he can go where he wants and click away. When Willis Reed's knee gave out, Kalinsky captured the captain of the Knicks writhing on the hardwood floor, and when Reed limped back days later, Kalinsky captured the determination on Reed's face. I know, I know, it's only basketball, but Kalinsky captured the same degree of human dignity and human suffering that W. Eugene Smith and Walker Evans have captured in other locales. Because Madison Square Garden stages more than sports events, Kalinsky has had the opportunity to photograph...

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Muhammad Ali's Life in Parallel Art

NEW YORK —  He was born Cassius Clay. Later he became known as Muhammad Ali. He was a three-time heavyweight boxing champion. And, today his life is depicted in art and photography. The ring violence and the kindness of Ali are depicted in simultaneous displays at the New York Historical Society. With remarkable similarity, LeRoy Neiman's 20 sketches, paintings and posters, and George Kalinsky's 44 photos feature Ali's life in parallel fashion.  

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Die Legende lebt weiter

Ausstellung zeigt Zeichnungen und Fotos von Muhammad Ali Eine Ausstellung in der New York Historical Society zeigt Fotos und Zeichnungen des im Juni gestorbenen Boxers Muhammad Ali sowie Skizzen, die der einstige Weltmeister im Schwergewicht selbst angefertigt hat. “Was machst Du da? Ich kann das, gib’ mir das Teil”, sagte der Spitzensportler vor einem Boxkampf 1962 etwa, als der Zeichner LeRoy Neiman in der Garderobe gerade eine Skizze anfertigte. Mit bereits bandagierten Händen fügte Ali eigene Zeichnungen hinzu und unterschrieb als Cassius Clay – seinem bürgerlichen Namen, bevor er 1964 zum Islam konvertierte und den Namen Muhammad Ali annahm. “Er war ein Showman, er war eine Persönlichkeit, er war ein Darsteller, aber letzten Endes war er wirklich ein Boxer”, sagte...

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