Official Trailer for 'Jay Myself' Doc Profiling Photographer Jay Maisel

June 20, 2019
Source: YouTube

Jay Myself Doc Trailer

"Objects are there only if you really see them." Oscilloscope Labs has revealed a trailer for the documentary titled Jay Myself, a profile of New York-based photographer Jay Maisel and his iconic 36,000 square foot studio building in the Bowery known as "The Bank". The film is made by fellow photographer Stephen Wilkes, who creates an "intimate portrait of his mentor", following him when he decides to finally sell his home in 2015. "It was one of the most iconic buildings in New York history and only a handful of people had ever been inside it… Until now." He lived there for over 40 years, and filled it with his eccentric collection of beautiful random objects. "It is through this intimate lens that the viewer is taken on a remarkable journey through Jay's life as an artist, mentor and man; a man grappling with time, life, change, and the end of an era in New York City." This looks extremely fascinating, and I always love watching docs on photographers.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Stephen Wilkes' doc Jay Myself, direct from YouTube:

Jay Myself Poster

Jay Myself Poster

Jay Myself documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home—the 36,000 square foot, 100-year old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as "The Bank." Through the intimate lens of filmmaker and Jay's protégé – noted artist and photographer Stephen Wilkes – the viewer is taken on a remarkable journey through Jay's life as an artist, mentor, and man; a man grappling with time, life, change, and the end of an era in New York City. Jay Myself is directed by fellow photographer Stephen Wilkes, making his directorial debut with this film. This premiered at the DOC NYC festival last year. Oscilloscope Labs will release Wilkes' doc Jay Myself in select theaters starting July 31st this summer. For info, visit Film Forum.

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Looks like a very strong doco. That property must be worth a fortune.

DAVIDPD on Jun 20, 2019


I've never heard of the guy, but he seems like an interesting character. However, this trailer frustrated me because I never got the sense of the 36,000 sq. feet he lived in. Did he own the whole building? Did he live on all the floors? It just never gave me the sense of the inside of the whole building and where he lived. I saw no bedroom(s), bathrooms, living room...nothing. I hope the actual film is more rewarding than this trailer, otherwise I've no interest in it. I love documentary films and hope this hits my cable. I did like his statement that 'all art is just trying to get others to see what you see'. That's pretty much on point and I'd never heard it said that way.

thespiritbo on Jun 20, 2019


Maisel bought the building in 1966 for $100K - sold in 2015 for $55 million. talk about a good investment... wonderful photographer, looking forward to this!

djmanos on Jun 20, 2019


There is some nice nostalgia vibe in this...

shiboleth on Jun 21, 2019

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