This past week I finished a photo shoot in Missouri with a great photographer named Topher Cox. Topher grew up in New York City where he learned his photography skills from the world around him. His father was a photographer and his mother was an art director. As a child his life was on sets, where he absorbed the workings of a photo shoot at the same time he was learning to walk and talk.
Topher continued his photo education by assisting some of New York’s top photographers. Again, he learned by watching and doing. Although he is working as a photographer on his own now he still feels that you never stop learning.
Topher works out of his studio in Newton, MA and on location. He continues to return to New York for work and play.
To learn more please visit: Topher Cox Photography – LINK
Corbis CRAVE is a new digital boutique that features expertly curated imagery from industry-leading commercial and editorial photographers.
“Corbis CRAVE provides creative directors and art buyers a search and ideation experience tailored to their unique and specific needs whether they’re accessing the collection on their iPad or through the website,” explained Edie Tobias, senior vice president of commercial products at Corbis.
For creative momentum on the go, the Corbis CRAVE app puts the finest images front and center and gives creatives powerful search and lightbox functionality to advance their creative visions whether face-to-face with a client or waiting to catch a flight.
Corbis CRAVE is also a venue for creative professionals to explore and be inspired by the work of some of the most sought-after commercial photographers in the world via featured portfolios – while providing a seamless user experience as they develop their own projects from storyboard to execution.
To learn more please visit: Corbis CRAVE – LINK
Adobe has unveiled the Adobe Photoshop CC at MAX 2013 as part of a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud. The new version pushes the boundaries of possibility, offering a powerful new creative process, legendary imaging magic, and greater creative freedom with new tools and workflows.
Adobe’s desktop apps, including Photoshop, were previously known as Creative Suite (CS), and will now be branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud. Photoshop CC includes a wide range of innovative enhancements, including new image deblurring and sharpening features to improve design workflows, and new Camera Raw capabilities. This update combines Photoshop standard and Photoshop Extended features.
“With the ability to quickly deliver new innovations, we’re empowering photographers and creatives to push the boundaries in digital imaging and design,” commented Winston Hendrickson, vice president of products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe.
“Our customers will no longer have to wait 18 to 24 months to access new Photoshop innovation. When a new Photoshop feature is ready – whether it’s the next Healing Brush or something as mind-blowing as Content Aware Fill – we’ll deliver it via Creative Cloud.”
All-new CC apps are scheduled to be released in June 2013.
To learn more please visit: Adobe Unveils Photoshop CC at MAX – LINK
Ogilvy & Mather and Director Jonathan Notaro of Brand New School are calling out the history of humanity’s tooth-cleaning habits with their spot for Philips Sonicare, “Stick with Technology” for their Odyssey campaign. The time-travelling spot raises the question of why, at a time when human beings adopt technology to every element of their lives at an exponential rate, does 72% of the US population continue to scour our teeth with what are essentially bristles on a stick?
The spot was created as an “Odyssey” through time, with detailed attention to determining the appropriate eras and vignettes to shoot through the time warp, as well as the accompanying sets, locations, acting and wardrobe.
“We wanted the actor to literally ‘brush his way through time’,” said Notaro. “So we practically tethered the actor to the camera/dolly and dragged them through the various period-specific scenes.”
The Philips films were shot on location in Budapest, including a Victorian train station with a locomotive, as well as on studio lots with constructed medieval sets. In order to get the most realistic results while minimizing the use of CG, the wardrobe animation was shot on green screen mannequins with garments run across them. The team also developed other complex animations using stop motion techniques at the BNS film studio stateside.
To see the video please visit: Sonicare – 5000 Year Journey – LINK
Andrea Fischman’s editorial, lifestyle and portrait photography captures life in a natural and warm way, inviting the viewer to share in the experience. Unlike photography that seems to have been created, Andrea’s work seems to have simply happened. Fischman, a Skidmore College graduate, also received professional training at the Rhode Island School of Design, New England School of Photography, the Art Institute of Boston and the International Center of Photography in New York.
An Interview with Andrea Fischman
Adobe MAX 2013 will bring together more than 5,000 creative industry leaders, designers, developers, strategists, video professionals and photographers from around the world to exchange ideas, innovations and inspiration.
The event offers a unique opportunity to learn directly from industry and Adobe experts and connect with peers from across industries.
Adobe MAX 2013: The Creativity Conference will take place on May 4-8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center & Nokia Theatre.
American Photography 29 Call For Entries is open to all photographers, art directors, designers, editors, agencies and publishers.
Regarded as the book of record, American Photography is still produced in all its defiant, large-format, luxurious, hard cover glory, offering high visibility and well-deserved recognition.
Submit your best work to be presented in the books, one image per page, and online in The Archive for all the world to see.
The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2013.
American Photography presents the best images in a large-format, beautifully designed, hardcover annual for worldwide distribution. The jury of design and publishing professionals selects photographs from editorial, advertising, books, promotion, posters, video, student and unpublished work.
Michael Indresano has been a successful commercial photographer in Boston for over 20 years, collaboratingon advertising campaigns with Boston’s top agencies and creating high impact photography for locally-based brands such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin-Robbins, New Balance, Reebok, Converse, Puma, Timberland, Rockport, and many other New England footwear/ apparel brands. He was chosen to shoot portraits for the Boston Bruins when they won the 2011 Stanley Cup Championships, and he has been commissioned to produce portraits across a variety of industries, from celebrities to world-class athletes to Fortune 500 CEOs. Michael has been written up in Boston Business Journal and also named one of the “Top 40 Under 40.”
The 51st D&AD Awards is now open for entries. The pinnacle of creative achievement across the design, advertising and digital industries, the D&AD Awards have been running since 1962.
Unlike other shows, D&AD only awards work of the highest standard, meaning that the quantity of top awards given fluctuates year on year.
The Awards is open to companies and freelancers from all over the world. The deadline for entries is January 30, 2013.
Damian Strohmeyer is a Boston based editorial and commercial photographer who tells stories with his photographs. He is acclaimed for his high-energy sports action photographs but is equally comfortable in portrait settings. His photographs have graced the cover of Sports Illustrated more than sixty times and have gathered awards in virtually every major photo contest. A member of the exclusive Canon’s Explorers of Light program he is also a highly sought after educational speaker on photography.
You probably already have Matt Spencer’s photography in your home right now. As a celebrated commercial fashion photographer, Fortune 500 companies and international publications are tapping into his creative vision in order to connect with consumers around the world. You’ll find his work everywhere, Photo District News, Seventeen Magazine, to Beauty Launchpad and many more, as well as countless online publications.
Bruce T. Martin is an American fine art photographer who uses photography to document the world, explore perceptions, and question our viewpoints. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1977, he began working as a Historical Preservation photographer, using photography to help put endangered buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. His photographs are in a number of private and public collections and have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Central America. Today, along with exhibiting his fine art photography projects, he is a leading architectural photographer, making photographs for the nation’s foremost architects, designers, and publications.
His book, Look Close See Far, A Cultural Portrait Of The Maya , published by George Braziller, Inc., NYC, is a collection of images and ideas gathered while traveling throughout the Maya region of Central America. Since 1987, he has taken more than 10,000 photographs over a range of landscapes and attitudes in an attempt to make a distinctive portrait of this singular culture. These reveling images are of the Maya Indians and region of Central America, an area both beautiful and complex in its nature. It is a place where the delicate balance between society and the environment dominates life and challenges one’s view of reality. Look Close See Far, A Cultural Portrait Of The Maya blends a unique mosaic of visual details to create a fresh perspective on the Maya’s endangered worldview and disappearing legacy.
Kim Lowe started her photography career at age seven as a still-life photographer, documenting her stuffed animals’ lives. Eventually she grew up, graduated from the Art Institute of Boston, became a designer/art director at big time ad agencies, including Hill Holiday and Arnold, and even managed to win a few awards. With ten years ad experience under her belt she decided to put it all to use doing something she loved more. She opened her photo studio in 2003.
Some of Kim’s clients:
Stop & Shop
Annie E Casey
The Boston Museum
To see Kim’s work please click here.
It wasn’t until college when Jared started working for his college newspaper that he really got bitten by the bug. “I fell in love with photography and completely immersed myself in it. I was on the track to become a photojournalist and that is in fact what I did for a number a years. I thought I wanted to be Eugene Richards or Sebastão Salgado and tried my best to emulate them, but over the years I started developing my own voice and now my work looks and feels nothing like theirs.”
Boston has a checkered history when it comes to racial issues. For a while I had wanted to do a project that looked not only at racial division but also socio-economic status. I was curious as to how Boston and it’s surrounds dealt with these issues. Mass Ave. is a street that I, like many Bostonians, frequent all the time, but rarely all at once. It wasn’t until I decided one day to drive Mass Ave. from it’s beginning at Edward Everett Square in Dorchester to it’s finish in lush Lexington that I realized this was a perfect vehicle, no pun intended, to begin to explore these issues.
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.
“Steve Jobs was unlike any other,” the world body said through a spokesperson. “He saw what others did not. He believed above all else in the power of human ingenuity – to create ‘tools’ that people could use, that would not only improve our lives but, quite literally, change the world. He was a truly global force.
Robert A. Iger, president and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, released a statement Thursday on Steve Jobs’ passing, calling him “a great friend as well as a trusted advisor.”
“Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time,” Iger said.
With a personality equal parts easygoing and driven, plus a dash of astute wit, Ian is an ideal creative companion.
A native of picturesque Melton Mowbury in England, Ian has wrought his sense of style, obsession with detail and impeccable work ethics into a photography career that approaches the two-decade mark.
Ian’s skill with the camera and profound knowledge of the equipment and its possibilities make each project sparkle with creative freedom and originality. Not only does Ian create beautiful images – he brings to life a world in which products tell a story and people shine with an inner glow.
Ian’s current studio located in the metro Boston area is the launching base to assignments that have take him to places like Iceland, Italy, France, England, Brazil, Hawaii and throughout the United States. Ian’s unwavering dedication continues to compose celebrated work for print & web based advertising and catalogs.
Please click here to see Ian’s catalog of work.
House of Moves is an incubator of ideas where motion capture converges with imagination, inspiring artists within the entertainment, gaming and commercial trade to see and express movement in previously unimagined ways.
House of Moves captures crash test performance for Lexus “light” commercial
Motion capture and animation company, Vicon House of Moves (HOM), provided motion capture for the :30 ‘Light’ commercial for Lexus that first aired September 7, 2011. Directed by Daniel Kleinman of Epoch Films, the spot was part of the luxury carmaker’s “Engineering Amazing” campaign.
Full-service advertising agency Team One created the concept that highlights the advanced simulation technology Lexus developed in pursuit of industry-leading safety. Through the use of motion capture, the difference in data derived from a typical crash test dummy and the Lexus ‘crash test genius’ are illustrated with tiny dots of light outlining a driver in a slow-motion simulated crash. Production company Epoch Films enlisted Vicon House of Moves for the motion capture and data processing, and a52 to complete the visual effects for the spot.
For over 20 years, Michael Indresano has been meticulously creating award-winning photography in his South Boston studio. Conveniently located and set up to provide full-service production support, the Indresano Studio is a creative workshop that is always comfortable and really, really clean.
William Huber received an education in photojournalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and furthered his studies in fine art painting and sculpture. A real boost to his decision to use cameras to make art started in New York City working under accomplished pros as an apprentice including the master Pete Turner.
As a photographer William’s work has won many awards along the way: American Photography, The Lucie’s, Photo District News, The Art of Photography in San Diego, Paris’ PX3, New York Art Director’s Club, The One Show, and Communication Arts 23 years in the photo annual and with a feature.
To learn more and see his work visit his site http://www.williamhuber.com/
Jason Grow is a Boston-based photographer who specializes in photographing really interesting people with real time constraints in real environments. With a background based in photojournalism his experience has ranged from refugee camps to conference rooms. Jason is available for photography assignments nationally and internationally.
A graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Journalism, Jason worked for seven years as a newspaper photographer for the San Jose Mercury News before turning freelance in 1996.
His editorial clients include major national and international magazines: Time, Bloomberg Businessweek, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, Bloomberg Markets, Smart Money, Barron’s, AARP Bulletin, CRN, VAR Business, HHMI, New York Times Sophisticated Traveler, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Inc., Fortune Small Business, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Sports Illustrated, Time Custom Publishing, US News & World Report, Bicycling, Boston, CFO, CIO Insight, Rensselaer Magazine, Stanford Magazine among others.
Working alongside great design groups like Doerr Associates, VSA Partners, Mortar Agency, his corporate clients have included CA, FirstData, Matrix Partners, Putnam Investments, Sullivan & Worcester, FHO Partners, EA Fish, Chevron, Textronic, Ask.com (Ask Jeeves), Imprivata, Sainsburys Plc. (UK), Redpoint Ventures, Microsoft, Chem Connect, Personic, Lucent among others.
Hatch Awards 2011
The Hatch Awards 2011 are an annual event in which advertising agencies and people in the advertising industry in New England are awarded for notable work and lifetime achievements. Winners are chosen by the “Hatch Steering Committee”, chosen from the U.S. and Canada. Categories include Consumer Magazine Single Page, Poster, Website, Radio, and Newspaper. As of 2011, the Hatch Awards are in their 51st consecutive year.
This event awards companies which are seen as having taken a proactive approach to running the business concerning diversity and multicultural acceptance within the company. Another more notable aspect of the awards is the scholarships given out to a handful of Boston Public School students who have shown interest in the advertising community and exceptional academic performance throughout High School. In 2009, The Ad Club gave away approximately 100,000 dollars in scholarships to ten different students, sponsored by 5 different New England colleges and a number of corporate sponsors.
Kim Pimmel shot this video by combining everyday soap bubbles with exotic ferrofluid liquid to create an eerie tale, using macro lenses and time lapse techniques. Black ferrofluid and dye race through bubble structures, drawn through by the invisible forces of capillary action and magnetism.
Time-lapse sequences: Nikon D90, Nikkor 60mm macro lens and custom built intervalometer.
Motion-control: Arduino driven scanner platform and mirror rigs
Score: Ableton Live
Kim Pimmel – http://www.kimpimmel.com/
Jim Flynn has been a commercial photographer since 1993. He shoots advertising and corporate lifestyle photography for many different industries including medical, high tech, insurance and finance.
His images have appeared in local, regional and national publications such as Time, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. His work has been featured in Communication Arts Photo Annual and Communication Arts Advertising Annual, Archive Magazine, Archive Photo Annual and Photo District News. Jim was a National Board Director of the American Society of Media Photographers for six years. He was elected to the Art Institute of Colorado Alumni Hall of Fame in 2002.
Wide range of designers to curate daily examples of design excellence.
NEW YORK—July 6, 2011. AIGA and Adobe® announce the launch of Design Envy, a daily blog featuring the best in design as chosen by a different curator each week. Guest curators will be encouraged to share their “wish I’d done that” discoveries—recent design that’s so creative, inspiring and effective, they wish they had designed it themselves. While the curators are selected by AIGA, the professional association for design, the envy-inducing work curators choose to celebrate is entirely up to them.
A wide range of voices.
Design Envy selections are chosen by designers, for designers, and will draw from all design disciplines. Each day, the week’s curator will post a new example to inspire and inform—through imagery, compelling descriptions about effectiveness, and the creative minds behind the work.
In the past Megan has worked with Steven Vote Photography and she currently photographs food and products for various companies for their advertising and marketing needs.
Megan is also a production/photography assistant for Toggle Photography where she maintains multiple client deliverables under tight deadlines and utilizes her highly developed digital editing skill sets.
Elliott Sellers is the newest addition to The Masses Lab, part of the ground-breaking collaboration of film makers and artists known as “The Masses.” Founded by Matt Amato, Jon Ramos, the late Heath Ledger and friends, the group’s mission statement declares, “Within the intersection of art and commerce, we find the message and deliver it to the masses by the most powerful, visionary and authentic means possible, be it film, music, advertising, or multi-platform content.”
The Masses Lab is a group of young film makers showcased by the company for producing ground-breaking work in the style of The Masses collective, but with a perspective from a younger generation.
Whether shooting beauty or the more bizarre, there is a dramatic, at times dark, mood to Conor’s work, and it has evolved into his distinct style of photography. Conor’s ability to tell a story through a single image perhaps stems from his background in theater and set design, where he says he finds a lot of his inspiration.
On set, Conor takes time to capture what’s beautiful & important about the subject- the artistry of the fashion or the lines of a product- in a way that’s consistent with the brands identity. His vision for each shoot as a photographer is clear, as is his vision for a collaborative, supportive industry.
He approaches each shoot with a specific concept, precise lighting, and methodical camera work, but also with a contagious energy and optimism for what’s ahead. The result- a richness to his images that sets him apart.
‘Gulp’ is a short film created by Sumo Science at Aardman, depicting a fisherman going about his daily catch.
Shot on location at Pendine Beach in South Wales, every frame of this stop-motion animation was shot using a Nokia N8, with its 12 megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics. The film has broken a world record for the ‘largest stop-motion animation set’, with the largest scene stretching over 11,000 square feet.
Jeffrey Coolidge studied film and photography with Jerome Liebling and Elaine Mayes at Hampshire College. He opened his first studio in 1982. He now lives and works in a bucolic town just west of Boston.
Jeffrey is known for his creative lighting techniques and clean compositions. His clients include, Boston Scientific, Staples, Johnson & Johnson, Dunkin Donuts and MasterCard.