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History In The Making
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Jesse Orosco, New York Mets (1986)
Jesse Orosco, New York Mets (1986)
© George Kalinsky


Mark Messier, New York Rangers (1994)
Mark Messier, New York Rangers (1994)
© George Kalinsky


Patrick Ewing, New York Knicks (1996)
Patrick Ewing, New York Knicks (1996)
© George Kalinsky


Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
George Kalinsky


James Blake, 2005 U.S. Open
James Blake, 2005 U.S. Open
© George Kalinsky


Pope John Paul II (1979)
Pope John Paul II (1979)
© George Kalinsky


Bono (U2 concert, 2005)
Bono (U2 concert, 2005)
© George Kalinsky


George Bush and Bill Clinton
former U.S. Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton (2005)
© George Kalinsky


Wayne Gretzky, New York Rangers (1999)
Wayne Gretzky, New York Rangers (1999)
© George Kalinsky


911 benefit concert
Kalinsky's montage for The Concert for New York City (October 2001)
© George Kalinsky


Frank Sinatra (1971)
Frank Sinatra (1971)
© George Kalinsky


Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier (1971)
Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier (1971)
© George Kalinsky



His book on rabbis and basketball (Rabbis: The Many Faces of Judaism) was inspired by sermons from his childhood. "When I went to the synagogue with my grandfather, the sermon always offered a slant on life, and I found it fascinating," he says. "For this book, I wanted to capture the hierarchy of rabbis and the unusual rabbis. There's never been a book where rabbis of all denominations were in one book."

Those lucky enough to attend a Knicks game this season will witness another recent Kalinsky project. "We rounded up 50 season-ticket holders," he says. "I took pictures of famous New York sights, like the Statue of Liberty and Central Park. I shot 50 different people doing 50 different things, wearing various Knicks shirts and hats. Then we superimposed the people onto the backgrounds. They'll appear on this season's tickets."

While Kalinsky is proud of the portfolio he's built up over the years, it's the people he's met that have meant the most to him.

"I consider myself blessed," he says. "I strive to take great pictures, but the real rewards are meeting the people, because I like people. I've always thought of myself as the sixth man on the basketball team."


   







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