Saturday, April 11, 2009

Award Winning Photographer Todd Maisel To Guest Judge "Brooklyn Neighborhood's" April Competition At Gallery 364

Todd Maisel is an award winning staff photographer for the New York Daily News, specializing in both still photography of spot news events, and more recently videography for He has been a member of the staff since 1999.

He is currently vice president of the New York Press Photographers Association where he also served as chairman of the Gallery committee in organizing the Forbes Magazine Gallery. He is currently Director of Region 2 NPPA and an adjunct professor at the College of Technology, City University of New York. Maisel also serves on the board of the Northern Short Course and contribute to its courses and organization.

He has been a journalist since 1984 since graduating from New York University School of Journalism. He also attended classes at School of Visual Arts and the New School.

In 1998, he was named Photographer of the Year by the New York Press Photographers Association, the first freelancer to ever obtain that distinction. He has won numerous photography awards from that organization since then. He also three times named by the New York Press Club to be “Spot News Photographer of the Year.”

Since joining the staff of the News he has specialized in spot news, but he has done many features and sporting events including the Subway Series, Superbowl, and US Open. Most notable was his work at the World Trade Center where he took numerous photos of the terrorist attack at great personal risk. He was honored by the National Press Photographers Association at their national convention in Minneapolis with the Humanitarian Award for saving the life of a firefighter trapped in the debris after the collapse of one of the two towers, assisting in the rescue of injured photographer David Handschuh and for his work during rescue operations. The Uniform Firefighters Association also honored him for his photo and rescue work.

In 2003, he spent nearly two months embedded with the military, his military units entering Iraq and holding important shipping ports and clearing mines in southern Iraq.

Maisel was also an integral part of the Daily News team of photographers during both the Boston Democratic Convention and the New York Republican Convention.

Nationally, Maisel garnered a honorable mention in spot news and first place in the National Press Photographers Association Region 2 in spot news photography. He also received an award for his work as Associate Director for Region 2.

During the past 20-years, Maisel has been both a photojournalist and journalist. He served as executive editor of the weekly newspaper Town and Village in Manhattan for seven years. During that time, he created a picture intensive newspaper, while continuing his photography throughout the city.

He is married 16 -years and has two children, Lucian, and Alana. He resides in Marine Park, Brooklyn, and has lived in Brooklyn all of his life.

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