I moved from NYC to Virginia…I’m taking a break from advertising and my blog. I’ve taken a position at the Savannah College of Art & Design. Thanks to everyone for their support, have a great 2010!


I’ve been missing for almost 3 weeks, sorry!

Hello Artists launched last week, it’s the creation of 2 former Art Producers, Rachel Shapiro and Leah Jacobson. Hello Artists represents photographers and illustrators from New York, San Francisco, Portland and Vancouver BC. Rachel is based out of NYC and Leah is in Portland.

I first met Rachel at an Art Producer event a few years ago in NYC and ran in to her again while she was freelancing at Berlin Cameron. Rachel has spent the majority of her career at Wieden + Kennedy, 2 and half years in the Portland office, 5 months in Shanghai and recently freelanced in the NYC office. Rachel also teaches classes at Parsons where she received her BFA in photography.

Leah has a BFA in Photography from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Leah worked at Wieden + Kennedy for over 6 years with a stint at the Shanghai office as well. I chatted with Rachel via email about their new endeavor.

CM: What made you and Leah decide to switch from being Art Producers/Buyers to Photo Reps?

RS: Making the switch felt like a natural transition for Leah and I. While we loved art buying we felt strongly about wanting to work more closely with artists. It ultimately feels like a more creative experience for us. The art of putting together books, editing work and launching Hello Artists has thus far been extremely rewarding.

CM: Tell me a little bit about each artist you represent?

RS: Our artists are based all over however they all work as locals to NYC and the West Coast.

PHOTOGRAPHERS:

Aaron Hewitt- Aaron has a unique voice when it comes to portraiture bringing humor, drama and dynamic action to his work. He has a very natural way with people which he brings to his shoots. He has a great ability to put anyone he’s photographing at ease. He lives in Portland OR.

Chris Hornbecker- Chris shoots primarily sports and portraiture. He is a master at lighting, movement and pretty much anything that is technically challenging. We’ve both worked with Chris on numerous Nike Jobs, as well as other clients. Chris lives in Portland OR.

David Allee- David is an amazing landscape, architecture and environment photographer. He has a really beautiful way of photographing any space. He’s been shooting editorially and commercially for over 10 years. He was one of PDN’s 30 in 2003. You may recognize his work from The New Yorker, NY Times and Dwell, amongst many others magazines. David lives in NYC.

Joyce Lee- Joyce’s work is all about subtle details and amazing color! Her compositions move between the body, still life and architecture, at times blurring the three. We’ve been following and falling in love with Joyce’s work for years. Her recent photographs for Hermes are stunning! Joyce lives in NYC.

Marissa Kaiser- Marissa’s photographs of people are honest, spontaneous, and often hilarious while always being beautifully lit and composed. As art buyers we were constantly searching for this combination of skills in a photographer! Her work is refreshing and exciting. Marissa lives in NYC.

Nicky Woo- We’ve also been following Nicky’s work for years. She shoots portraiture as well as fashion. Her work is sophisticated, classic and undeniably sexy. You should see her prints in person, they are gorgeous. She’s been shooting editorially in LA but recently moved back to her NYC roots.

Shawn Records- Shawn’s background is primarily fine art. His quiet compositions are like glimpses into the intimate moments of someone else’s life. He has a beautiful sense of light. He recently shot behind the scenes for the movie “Where the Wild things Are” and just published a book of these stunning photographs. Shawn lives in Portland OR.

ILLUSTRATORS:

BEE A HOUSE- BEE’s work was like nothing we had ever seen. She works primarily in pen and ink. She creates imaginative, ethereal and elegant illustrations. The prints themselves in person are breath taking. BEE lives in Vancouver BC.

Chanda Helzer- Chanda’s work is funny, smart and full of personality. Many people know her for her memorable rock posters and hand cut lettering. The intricate detail found in her illustrations is something to behold! Chanda lives in Portland OR.

Mia Nolting- Mia’s intimate illustrations combine drawing and hand lettering. They are poignant, warm, at times heartbreaking and always delightful. Her hand lettering just appeared in a recent New York Times magazine. She lives in Portland OR.

Michael Illick- Michael Illick is an established copy writer who also happens to be quite expressive in his illustrations. His clever sense of humor and unique twisted perspective will sometimes shock but will always make you laugh. Michael lives in San Francisco.

Hello Artists Web site

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Samples from Hello Artists
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© Aaron Hewitt

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© David Allee

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© Chris Hornbecker

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© Joyce Lee

MARISSA KAISER
© Marissa Kaiser

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© Shawn Records

NICKY WOO
© Nicky Woo

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© Bee a House

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© Chanda Helzer

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© Mia Nolting

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© Michael Illick


I got dressed up last night and went to the 7th Annual Lucie Awards at Lincoln Center. Everyone from the industry turned out to celebrate; photographers, reps, art directors, photo editors, art producers, studios, publications and more. There are no photos allowed in the building so my photos are minimal. It’s quite funny to tell a group of photo industry professionals that no photos are allowed and that you have to check your camera! Here’s a list of the winners from last night, you can see all the honorees and nominees here:

International Photographer of the Year: Nadav Kander

Discovery of the Year: Elliott Wilcox

Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year: Rachel Papo

Photography Magazine of the Year: BurnMagazine.org

Book Publisher of the Year: Verso Limited Editions for Central Park by Bruce Davidson

Picture Editor of the Year: Steve Fine, Director of Photography for Sports Illustrated

Fashion Layout of the Year: Harper’s Bazaar for Thirller Fashion by Terry Richardson, September 2009

Curator/Exhibition of the Year: Sarah Greenough for Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Print Advertising Campaign of the Year: Agency FFL France for Wrangler entitled We were Animals photographed by Ryan McGinley

The award show gave Rachel Papo‘s work titled “Serial No. 3817131” the recognition it deserves. Here’s an excerpt from her artist’s statement about the series:

At an age when social, sexual, and educational explorations are at their highest point, the life of an eighteen-year-old Israeli girl is interrupted. She is plucked from her home surroundings and placed in a rigorous institution where her individuality is temporarily forced aside in the name of nationalism. During the next two years, immersed in a regimented and masculine environment, she will be transformed from a girl to a woman, within the framework of an army that is engaged in daily war and conflict. She is now a soldier serving her country, in a military camp amidst hundreds like her, yet beneath the uniform there is someone wishing to be noticed, listened to, and understood.

Almost fifteen years after my mandatory military duty ended, I went back to several Israeli army bases, using the medium of photography as a vehicle to re-enter this world. Serial No. 3817131 represents my effort to come to terms with the experiences of being a soldier from the perspective of an adult. My service had been a period of utter loneliness, mixed with apathy and pensiveness, and at the time I was too young to understand it all. Through the camera’s lens, I tried to reconstruct facets of my military life, hopeful to reconcile matters that had been left unresolved.

Thanks to Matt Nycz of Brite Productions for taking me to the Lucie Awards and Congratulations to Vincent Dixon for being nominated!

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The 7th Annual Lucie Awards are Monday night. Here are a couple official events this weekend leading up to the award ceremony, both are at Splashlight Studios in Soho.

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I started the Rep office tour series in July with the hopes that I would visit one office a week but as it goes I’ve only averaged one a month. The 4th installment of the series took me to Radical Media. I work with Sherry Riad who is the Radical Photography Rep in NYC. Her counterpart is Tracey Quigley on the West Coast. Radical Media is a large multidiscipline company. Their divisions include Commercial Production, Media & Entertainment, Design & Integrated Media, Music Videos and Photography all housed in their 435 Hudson Street office.

The Radical Media Photography roster includes 12 photographers, 3 have been signed within the past 6 months: Bil Zelman, Floto + Warner and Mike Piscitelli.

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Sherry’s desk area

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Portfolio and promo area

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Portfolio bags

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Promo area

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Michael Prince‘s leave behind

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Bil Zelman’s leave behind of some Lens Crafters work that he shot.

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Their view is fabulous

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Fun stairwell and sitting area

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Floto + Warner prints in Radical’s conference room

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Page from Floto + Warner’s portfolio

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Page from Bil Zelman’s portfolio

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Another page from Bil Zelman’s portfolio

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Sherry Riad


TROY HOUSE

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In conjunction with the tour I had at Radical Media last week, I also had a chat with Troy House, one of the Radical photographers. I first met Troy at BBDO when he was working on Armstrong Flooring ads and I worked with him once for a pharmaceutical Client. His work ranges from travel to lifestyle and advertising. Troy is a photographer who goes above and beyond to satisfy his Clients. I asked Troy what photographers inspire him. He said in no particular order: Starn TwinsMasao YamamotoRaymond MeeksPaolo Roversi, Sally Mann, Erwin Blumenfeld, Joakim Eskildsen…and the obvious Penn, Avedon and Eggleston.

Our talk was mostly about his recent promotional materials. Troy just sent out a promo book that is the first in a series, this one is Volume 1, Issue 1, Water. Originally this promo was sent as an e-blast that linked to an online version of the book. He sent the promo out to Clients that he’s worked with, Clients he knows and Clients he would like to work with. He’s concepting ideas for the next volume in this series of promo books. Troy wants the next one to be less travel focused and include more portraits and lifestyle. Troy also has a blog that has a clean and graphic layout.

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Screen shot of Troy’s website, I love his photos from Jaipur India.

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Troy House

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Troy’s recent promo book, you can see the whole book here.

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Troy’s leave behind

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Troy’s portfolio and slipcase

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This is a book of images Troy shot in Africa, he made the book himself by hand. He shot these a few years ago but they’re timeless, you can see all of them here.

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I received an email from ASMPNY Chapter President Stephen Mallon to be a reviewer for the ASMPNY Portfolio Review. The review took place last night at the Tribeca Skyline Studio and was free for all ASMP members.

I’ve never done an event like this before so it was an interesting learning experience for me. I’m used to one-on-one appointments with photographers at the office but this was a whole new world. It was speed dating meets portfolio reviewing! Having never done speed dating this may not be an accurate statement but reviewers were given little kitchen timers and told to set it to 10 minutes per photographer. The timer was awkward because it felt like a race but definitely helpful because I can lose track of time when talking photography.

My approach to the review was the simple introduction and a quick explanation of what kind of work I do at my current agency. Then I would go through the book page by page. In general I don’t like to make any major input until I’ve seen the whole book, with the exception of the general comment about liking a certain photo while flipping through. The primary criticisms that I expressed to the photographers was the need for editing for consistency and editing to make a viewer understand what their area of expertise is.

Here’s a list of the photographers that I met with:

Andrew Holbrooke 
Antfarm Photography 
Bruce Katz 
Dan Bigelow 
Dirk Anschutz 
James Worrell 
Jason Gardner 
John Loomis 
Jon Wasserman 
Matt Greenslade 
Maynard Switzer 
Metin Oner 
Paul B Goode 
Robert A Ripps 

Before the event I went back to a book I once read while in college called “Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images” by Terry Barrett. I found this excerpt useful when talking with photographers about their work.

An artist’s interpretation of his or her work should meet the same criteria as anyone else’s interpretation of that same work: Does it make sense? Does it offer insight? Is it interesting? Does it engage other interpretations? Is it reasonable and backed by evidence? Is there sufficient reason, in addition to the fact that it comes from the artist, to accept it as a good interpretation and a worthy judgement?

Photographers make decisions on why a certain photo is in their book and there’s a lot of emotion attached to that decision. This quote reminds me us that there’s always a need to take a step back and look objectively at a photo and what purpose it serves in the portfolio.

All in all it was a great night, I enjoyed meeting a variety of photographers. There was a dinner at Bubby’s afterwards for the portfolio reviewers and ASMPNY board members. It was a great time to share our experiences from the review process. The full list of the reviewers can be seen here. I did not take photos as I should have for the blog but the night was so busy I didn’t get a chance to pull out my camera. I have 1 shot from when I got to my review table and 1 shot from the end of the night at dinner.

Thanks ASMPYNY for organizing such a great community-building event and thanks to Tribeca Skyline Studio for letting us use your space!

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Photo Agent Jacqueline Bovaird of Glasshouse and Art Buyer Mea Tefka of JWT


I first saw Edward Burtynsky’s work in person when “Manufactured Landscapes” was at the Brooklyn Museum in 2005. After viewing the work I was excited to see the documentary “Manufactured Landscapes” released in 2006. The documentary is a behind the scenes look that follows Burtynsky as he photographs the effects of industrialization. If you haven’t seen the documentary you should get it on Netflix, it’s eye opening. His work gives the viewer a chance to see what’s happening to our Earth in a way that you can’t deny the the results of our human actions. In Burtynsky’s words “It’s not a simple right or wrong, it needs a whole new way of thinking”. 

Last night “Edward Burtynsky: Oil” opened at Hasted Hunt Kraeutler in the city. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the publication and release of his new monograph “Edward Buyrtynsky: Oil” and a show at The Corcoran Gallery of Art in DC. Here’s an excerpt from the press release about the show at Hasted Hunt:

“Oil” consists of a series of large format color images made over the last 12 years. Burtynsky’s obsession with oil began in 1997, when he identified oil as a key building block of the last century – politically, economically and socially – on a global scale. He has tracked this controversial, valuable and increasingly scarce resource from extraction to production to consumption. His obsession with oil has taken him from oil fields to expressways, from Western Canada to Los Angeles to the Middle East.

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SOCAR Oil Fields #6, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2006

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Oil Refineries #23, Oakville, Ontario, Canada, 1999

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Highway #5, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2009

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I had the pleasure of meeting with Julian Hibbard last Fall and we talked about his work that he was about to exhibit here in the city: “The Noir A-Z”. If you were in NYC in March you may have seen his show at the Ivy Brown Gallery. The work comes across as very narrative and un-comfortable, but in a good way. Julian left me a puzzle with one of the images from the series and ever since he’s been on my radar, the puzzles were also sold at Colette in Paris.

This past September Julian released his first photography book titled after the series “The Noir A-Z”, a grown-up sexy take on our ABCs. In a recent press release Julian said,

Ever since I began taking pictures I have been drawn to a narrative-driven image, full of suspense, tension and a little dark irony. Twenty-six such examples are presented here. They are cinematic, dreamy, cryptic and connect essentially staged moments with the relationship between watcher and watched.

You can get Julian’s book at most major bookstores or online at Amazon. “The Noir A-Z” is published by Mark Batty Publisher. Here are a few of my favorites from the book.

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Last night Craig Cutler had an opening at the Stockland Martel Gallery, “Craig Cutler: From Sketchbook to Studio”. The show contained sketches from the concepting phase, large scale prints, video and exclusive selections of his personal work. If you don’t know who Craig Cutler is you are truly missing out. Craig has worked with the best in our business and is constantly striving to create new and innovative work. “Described as a ‘thinking man’s photographer’, Craig applies meticulous detail and planning across his commercial and personal portfolio” Craig launched a new site in conjunction with the show. All of the motion work from the show is online. In addition to the opening and new site he mailed out a promo which was beautifully designed and printed. It was a big day for Craig and it was a success. Art Producers, Photo Editors and photographers turned out to celebrate with Craig. Kwaku Alston was in from LA and Art Producers from JWT, McCann, Publicis and Saatchi were out and about.
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Early on in the evening before the crowd:
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Video in the back garden, all I needed was a tripod, haha:
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Craig’s promo book:
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Inside promo book:
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Craig’s new site:
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© Craig Cutler




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