My photo at NYC’s Max Fish

Max Fish new location on Orchard Street

Max Fish, a bar on New York’s Lower East Side has been in business since 1989. I met owner Ulli Rimkus at Tin Pan Alley back in 1982, where she had been a bar keep for owner Maggie Smith. Max Fish was located on Ludlow Street for 25 years until the landlord forced Ulli out with high rent. After a year of looking for a new venue, Ulli opened the new Max Fish at 120 Orchard Street, a few blocks south and one block over from the former location. The new bar is wider and the ceilings are lower so it seems smaller, but with the basement bar, which will open before Halloween, the new bar is actually bigger.

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Thanks Ulli for thinking of me and including my work in your new bar!

The opening is tonight, October 22, 2014. I am on my way out of the city today so I will miss the opening but am happy to be represented in the show. I love Max Fish!
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My photograph hangs over the stairs to the new basement bar which will open soon.

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Shelly was bartender last night when I stopped by to photograph the space. Max Fish has the coolest bartenders… the place is like a family as Ulli is such a great person with which to work.

Max Fish new location on Orchard Street

The bar is all dressed up for Halloween!

Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.