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."