inductee details

George Kalinsky

Inducted April 29, 2007

Sport: Photography


For the past 34 years, George Kalinsky has had the enviable assignment as the Official Photographer for Madison Square Garden. His tenure at "The World's Most Famous Arena" has allowed George to create famous images of famous people. Newsmakers such as Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavarotti, Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley and former Senator Bill Bradley have all stated that George Kalinsky took their favorite portrait.

The photograph that George took of Pope John Paul II holding up a little girl from the audience was a fixture on His Eminence's desk at the Vatican. Prior to his last NBC show, Jerry Seinfeld was presented with his wish - the Kalinsky photo of Willis Reed limping on the court in 1970 inspiring the Knicks to become champions.

Almost two million copies have been sold of eight books authored by Mr. Kalinsky and his photos have appeared in hundreds of books on many subjects. Kalinsky's latest books include Shooting Stars, published by Simon and Schuster; The New York Mets, A Photographic History and The New York Knicks, The 50th anniversary, both published by MacMillan.

George Kalinsky's artistry, which has won numerous awards worldwide, has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The International Center of Photography, The Nahan Gallery, The Spectrum Fine Art Gallery, Pratt Institute Gallery, The Kodak Gallery and the Olympus Plaza Gallery in Tokyo, Japan where a record 200,000 attended. His work is part of many permanent collections including The Governors Mansion, Albany NY, The Jewish Museum of New York, and in both the Baseball and Basketball Halls of Fame.

As a graphic designer/photographer, George Kalinsky is President of Major League Graphics, providing a complete graphic design service, photography and portraits for a wide variety of who's who in corporate America. He created and designed the first modern game programs using the old sports scorecard and turning it into a full color magazine style with feature stories. Kalinsky's game program is now used at all sporting events. A design student at Pratt Institute, Kalinsky developed and created the Princess telephone. He has also created designs and packaging for Tiffany and Co. as well as Nina Ricci perfume. He won the design of the year from Interior Design Magazine for his design of modern chairs.

Kalinsky has chaired on the Fulbright scholarship foundation, has co-chaired for the National Center for Disabilities and was named their 2001"Sports Man of the Year." He has served on the board of the North Shore Child Guidance Association. He was honored as Pratt Institute's "Man of the Year" for 2001, their lifetime achievement award.

Kalinsky has been the Official Photographer for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, numerous World Series and Super Bowls, and Special Photographer to the New York Mets and Jets. He is the official photographer for the U.S. Senior Open Golf Championship.

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