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George Kalinsky is a world-renowned, award-winning photographer. He has been the official photographer for Madison Square Garden since 1966 and also serves as the official photographer at Radio City Music Hall. Throughout his career, Kalinsky has captured many of the greatest moments in sports and entertainment history.

Kalinsky's photos have been in many major publications, such as Sports Illustrated, People, Newsweek, and The New York Times. He is also a successful, award-winning author of ten books.

In May 2009, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened an exhibit dedicated to photographs Kalinsky has taken at some of Madison Square Garden's most legendary concerts[1].

All of his images have been tagged "From the Lens of George Kalinsky."



Award-winning photographer George Kalinsky has become one of the most famous image makers of our time. World-renowned, he has captured some of the greatest moments and faces in the world of sports, entertainment, and politics.

As the Official Photographer of Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, he has created many of the most iconic images of famous people. Newsmakers such as Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, and former Senator Bill Bradley have all stated that George Kalinsky took their favorite photograph. His portraits include presidents from Jimmy Carter to Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama to Dolly Parton. George has also captured the world’s greatest rock stars on the world’s greatest stage. His iconic shots of Elvis Presley, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder - to name a few - are all displayed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.

The photograph that George took of Pope John Paul II holding up a little girl during a Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden was a fixture on His Eminence’s desk at the Vatican. As a gift from NBC, Jerry Seinfeld was presented with his wish – the Kalinsky legendary photo of Willis Reed limping onto the court in 1970 inspiring the Knicks to become champions. Billy Crystal asked George to be with him on stage to photograph his final Broadway performance of “700 Sundays” in 2006.

Since 2008, some of George’s most iconic photographs have been displayed on huge billboards in New York City’s Times Square, drawing the attention of millions of passersby a day. Within this spectacular exhibition, a four-story high photograph of Elvis Presley, taken during his only Madison Square Garden engagement, drew worldwide media attention.

Almost three million copies have been sold of ten books authored by Mr. Kalinsky and his photos have appeared in hundreds of books on many subjects. With over 1000 covers to his credit, his photos have graced every important magazine, including Time, People, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated.

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 Olympus Plaza Gallery in Tokyo (drawing a record crowd of 200,000 people), and now, in May 2009, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. His work is part of many permanent collections including The Governor’s Mansion in Albany, NY, The Jewish Museum of New York, the Baseball and Basketball Halls of Fame, and Madison Square Garden.

In 2001 George was honored with the highest award given by the photography industry (PMDA) as International Photographer of the Year. In 2007 George was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He has also served on the Fulbright Scholarship Foundation, has co-chaired for the National Center for Disabilities and was named their 2001 “Sportsman of the Year.” George was honored by Pratt Institute, where he had been a design student, by being named their “Man of the Year” for 2001 and receiving their lifetime achievement award in 2008. In addition, he was honored as “Man of the Year” by the New York Board of Rabbis and The New York Resident included George in their list of the top 100 New Yorkers.


Memorable Moments

Kalinsky has taken images that have defined the life of Madison Square Garden. He has also taken images that has become iconic to fans of the Mets, Knicks, and the Rangers and to fans of their respective leagues. Some of the memorable moments he has covered include:

Championships won by New York City teams

All those three championships have one thing in common: they were all won in a Game 7 at home and feature many memorable Game 7 championship series moments.

Political Conventions

Other moments


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