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November 20, 2006

Bill Jay & Paul D’Amato

Filed under: artists — alecsothblog @ 1:00 am

My recent post on photography critics mentioned Bill Jay. I encourage you to check out Jay’s website. Along with a vast archive of his essay’s and articles, the site includes his portraits of photographers. One of the photographers pictured is Paul D’Amato:

Paul D’Amato in Jim Hajicek’s office, Arizona, 1993 © Bill Jay

Last week I had dinner with Paul in Chicago. Earlier in the day he’d been surfing in Lake Michigan (November 16th!). Paul is a fantastic photographer. Check out his work here.


  1. is it just me or does paul look like agent moulder from the X-files in this photo?!

    paul was my thesis adviser at columbia. i especially liked his stories about his crazy eyebrows getting icicles on them when surfing in lake michigan in freezing tempertures. that and his colorful collection of hoodies.

    a fantastic photographer and a true gem of a teacher, that paulie.

    Comment by stacy — November 20, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

  2. “is it just me or does paul look like agent moulder from the X-files in this photo?!”

    I think you´re right…

    Comment by B. S. Ilktac — November 22, 2006 @ 4:36 pm

  3. I am a former student of Bill Jay. I would really really like to get in contact with him…can you help?
    Jennifer Long

    Comment by Jennifer Long — April 25, 2007 @ 1:22 pm

  4. Bill Jays’ images of photographers are available exclusively at Segura Publishing Company, each 8 1/2 x 11 archival inkjet print sells for $300. You can see a preview of his work at his site:
    Bills’ new book “Album, Friends and Other Photographers” is being released June of 2007
    Thank you for letting me post this info 8)
    Segura Publishing

    Comment by juliet jay — June 11, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

  5. I’m Paul’s wife. Don’t know about the Agent Moulder reference, but he IS very cute.

    Comment by Anne — August 29, 2007 @ 3:53 pm

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