Alumni Profile: Jay Maisel

Jay Maisel, Art 1952, is an internationally recognized editorial and advertising photographer who also practices fine art color photography. He studied photography with Herbert Matter and Alexey Brodovitch, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Yale University in 1953. He also taught advanced photography at Cooper Union from 1969 to 1974. He taught color photography and lectured extensively around the U.S.

His firm, Jay Maisel Photogrpahy, has operated out of a converted late 19th century bank building on the Bowery in New York City since 1966. The building also served as his archive, a gallery of his work, and his home.

Maisel’s work has been exhibited in many major solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, and has earned him numerous awards, including Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Professional Photographers of America (2003) and the American Society of Media Photographers (1996), the Infinity Award for Applied Photography from the International Center for Photography (1987), induction into the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame (1995).

Jay Maisel received the 1969 President’s Citation and the 1977 Augustus Saint Gaudens Award. He was inducted into the Cooper Union Hall of Fame in 2009.