AtEdge photographers

Spotlight on Damián Siqueiros, the Visual Artist

Montreal-based image maker Damián Siqueiros prides himself on pushing the boundaries between art & photography in a way that transcends reality. His body of work is more than a collection of images. Each individual image that he produces elicits conversation and evokes strong emotion. So much so that the first time Susan Baraz, AtEdge’s Director of Photography, came face to face with Damián’s work, the words that came to her mind were “gorgeous,” “inspiring” and “visually transporting.”

In both his commercial and collaborative work, Damián puts immense effort into every detail — from art direction and stage design to make-up and styling.  This multi-disciplinary approach helps clients like Vogue Mexico, Elle Mexico, Ford, Les Grands Ballets Canadien, and Porrua bookstore find a visual voice and make an emotional connection with their audiences. We think he is one of the most photographically compelling artists working today!

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©Damián Siqueiros

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©Damián Siqueiros

©Damián Siqueiros

Find more of his compelling work through his AtEdge portfolio and website.

Paul Aresu for BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK Campaign

Paul Aresu (represented by Tim Mitchell Artist Representative) teamed up with Klay Thompson, an NBA player for Golden State Warriors, for a BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK campaign.

Check out the BTS video from the campaign below and take a look at Paul’s AtEdge portfolio and site for more sports & lifestyle photography.

Michael Crichton for Globe Style Advisor

Michael Crichton created imagery that showcases decorative accessory pieces that were recently featured in Global Style Advisor, a bi-annual guide to fashion, beauty, design, travel and much more.

Michael is represented by Tim Mitchell Artist Representative. View more of his work through his AtEdge portfolio and at michaelcrichtonphoto.com.

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Recap: AtEdge Face-to-Face Minneapolis 2016

The last Face-to-Face event of 2016 recently took place two months ago at The Marquette Hotel’s Windows at Minnesota, the newly renovated banquet space on top of the tallest skyscraper in Minnesota. AtEdge photographers used this occasion to present their portfolios to a group of 20 hand-picked creatives, art directors, and producers from all the top Minneapolis ad agencies.

Face-to-Face events are held twice a year— each spring in New York, and in alternate cities like Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco & London in the fall. The events provide an opportunity for busy creatives to link up with groundbreaking photographers in a tranquil and casual environment, complete with sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Making new connections and revitalizing old relationships is what Face-to-Face is all about. Please contact Elizabeth Owen, President of AtEdge, if you are interested in attending a future Face-to-Face.

We’re so grateful to all the following industry creatives that brought the renowned Midwest charm to our event:

Jenny Barnes | Content Producer | Carmichael Lynch
Amie Butler | Creative Producer | JT Mega
Lisa Crawford | Creative Producer | KNOCK
Eric Husband | Creative Director | Solve
Katie Husband | Senior Producer | Periscope
Kevin Johnston | Director of Digital Production | Fallon
Chris Lange | Founder/Managing Creative Director | Mono
Heather McQueen | Senior Producer | Martin Williams
Natasha Nikolai | Senior Integrated Media Producer | Target
Kym Ohna | Creative Director | Periscope
Jake Pasterski | Design Director | Target
Chris Peters | Senior Art Producer | Colle+McVoy
Matt Pruett | Group Creative Director | Olson
Pamala Saturn | Art Production Manager | BBDO
Erika Schumacher | Art Production Director | Mono
Puja Shah | Associate Creative Director | Carmichael Lynch
MK Smith | Integrated Producer | Olson
Adam St. John | Associate Creative Director | Colle+McVoy
Anne Taylor | ACD, Art Director | Preston Kelly
Jeff Tresidder | VP/Group Creative Director | Martin Williams

This accomplished group of creatives works with leading brands like Walmart, US Bank, Target, Talenti Gelato, General Mills, Walgreen’s, Subaru, Invisalign, 3M, Hormel, LensCrafters and much more.

“Creatives & buyers get so bombarded by emails, etc., so having an in-person event that goes beyond the usual ‘Check out our latest work…’ really helps us appreciate both the photography and the person behind it.”

Eric Husband, Creative Director, Solve

L to R: Photographers (Dana Hursey in the background) Paul Elledge, Matt Sartain & Brooke Embry with Puja Shah of Carmicheal Lynch

L to R: Photographers (Dana Hursey in the background) Paul Elledge, Matt Sartain & Brooke Embry of Embry Rucker with Puja Shah of Carmicheal Lynch

Jason Mitchell, photographer

Photographer Jason Mitchell of Ransom & Mitchell making connections

“I always find the Face to Face events to be one of my more important marketing tools. They get me in front of creatives that I might not have otherwise connected with otherwise. The quality of the events are always top-notch and I know I’ll only be meeting with the highest caliber art buyers/creative directors.”

Dana Hursey, Photographer

Puja Shah (left) with Andrea Donadio/RAD Represents (photographer Lisa Predko shown from the back)

L to R: Puja Shah of Carmichael Lynch meets with Andrea Donadio/RAD Represents and photographer Lisa Predko

“Loved the range and talent that came through. It was wonderful meeting the person behind the photographs. Learning about the process and the back story really helps you remember and appreciate it more.”

Puja Shah, Associate Creative Director, Carmichael Lynch

MK Smith with David Matheson

David Matheson shows MK Smith of Olson some of his recent work

Candace Gelman (agent)

Candace Gelman (agent)

“AtEdge creates the perfect environment for meeting creatives. It is always a thrilling and exciting night and extremely rewarding to watch creatives go nuts over your work.”

Bonnie Holland, Photographer

Photographer Damian Siqueiros meeting with Kym Ohna

Photographer Damian Siqueiros presents his work to Kym Ohna of Periscope

“I loved how well orchestrated the evening was. The break in the middle came at the right time and gave everyone an opportunity to engage in conversation with attendees they were not paired with. I have a much greater appreciation for the work when I understand the photographer’s background and personality.”

Natasha Nikolia, Senior Integrated Media Producer, Target

Carlos Rios, photographer

Carlos Rios, photographer

Photographer Lucian McAfee meeting with Chris Lange

L to R: Photographer Lucian McAfee in deep conversation with Chris Lange of Mono

“I loved that the photographers I met with had work that was relevant to the clients I work with.”

Lisa Crawford, Creative Producer, KNOCK

Andy Anderson: Código 1530 Tequila

Take a look at the recent brand imagery for Código 1530, an emerging tequila label, shot by Andy Anderson.

The shoot took place in Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula and featured homes and locations with little-to-no styling and with friends of the CEO & Co-Founder of the brand serving as the main characters in the images.

Learn more about the shoot via Heather Elder’s blog.

Andy is represented by Heather Elder. View more of his work through his AtEdge portfolio and at andyandersonphoto.com.

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©Andy Anderson

Roberto Chamorro’s Recent Project Explores a World Without Art Education

Originally from Spain and raised in Miami Florida, Roberto Chamorro moved to New York City in 2001 where he began working as an assistant to Annie Leibowitz. After a short period of time, he launched his own career as a commercial photographer and has since traveled all over the world shooting campaigns for clients like Mercedes-Benz, Warner Bros Records, Univision, and LG.

Roberto’s most recent personal project, “Without Art Education,” draws from his positive experiences working in the art world and aims to bring attention to the importance of art education in the development of school-aged children.

We sat down with him to chat about the execution of the project and where he hopes to take it in the future.

To view more of Roberto’s work, visit his AtEdge portfolio and his website, robertochamorro.com

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What personally motivated you to begin this project? Have you ever done anything like this before?

It began at a dinner party with a few friends. We started discussing the ongoing issue of public schools cutting art and music education due to lack of funding. Sadly, those programs are usually the first to go. We were all creative people with young kids in the school system, so it struck a nerve with us.  Just the thought of kids being denied the opportunity to be introduced and educated in the arts had me fuming. Creativity is something I’ve spent my whole life pursuing.  I have always felt lucky to have been exposed to the arts at an early stage in my life.  After that party, I spent the next few days trying to figure out how to shine a light on this topic.

Being a photographer who specializes in advertising, and with a subspecialty in shooting kids, it seemed natural to do something campaign driven. It was just a matter of hashing out a concept.

I started thinking about how different I would be if I had gone to a school that cut these programs.

This thought eventually sparked the concept of imagining who else would be different today if they had never been introduced to art and music. To be relevant and to engage with a bigger audience, I decided to portray current, well-known artists as school children. The idea being that without an early introduction to the arts, these well-known artists might not be the creative and accomplished individuals they are today. They might not have ever given the world the beautiful gifts they have bestowed upon us already. If Pharrell for example, did not follow the path he did in music, then the world might be a little less HAPPY.

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©Roberto Chamorro

What outcome are you hoping for with this campaign?

I hope that people will see this and realize how important it is to teach our young minds about art and music. How introducing them to it at an early stage is a huge factor in a child’s development. I won’t bore you with numbers, stats, and figures, but there is a ton of data on the benefits this type of education has to our kids growing up.

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Tell us about your process while working on this project. Was it produced in-house? What challenges did you face?

Being a passion project that was self-funded, I had to produce this in-house and pull a few favors along the way. The location was tricky. I wanted a school that had character and resembled the elementary schools of my generation. Most schools these days look a bit sterile and too modern with their digital dry erase boards and technology-driven classrooms. Finally, I found the perfect school and after a few negotiations was able to secure it for our production. When it was time to cast the models, I knew that not only would they be styled in the same way as our artists’ iconic looks, but I needed them to have similar features and physically resemble the celebrities I was portraying. This was especially important for our Pharrell character, who was to be our featured hero of the shoot. After location and casting, everything else fell into place. I had an amazing team helping me every step of the way. From my usual rock star assistants and studio manager to my good friend and prop stylist Rachel Barker, who came on board to help source and custom build some of our props.

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Will there be a “phase 2” for this project (i.e. plans to expand it beyond these still images)?

While the primary focus was on still photography, I wanted to take advantage of the production and also capture motion. I recruited another friend of mine, Davy Gomez and his team to come on board as my DP. We storyboarded and planned out the motion shots in pre-production so that we could capture video in between the still shots. The concept footage will be used as an intro to a longer, documentary-style film that is currently in pre-production. The doc film will focus on interviews that feature students and teachers who have faced these tough budget cuts and the elimination of creative programs. In stark contrast, we will also see the point of view from the other side, the ones that did have the education in place and the benefits they feel they have received from art and music being in their curriculum.

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Where do you think you would be today if you had not been exposed to art and music programs in your youth?

Who knows what my career would be today if I had never been introduced to the arts?  Maybe I would have pursued business or finance as many of my childhood friends had.  Today, I can only assume that I probably would not be as happy doing that. I truly love what I do every day. Being a photographer is my dream job and I sincerely feel lucky to have a career that I very much enjoy. I honestly believe that my early exposure to art and music programs helped plant seeds that led to my creative path.

 

Marc Tule for Shure

The creative team at MiresBall came to Marc Tule with some concepts for Shure’s packaging and Marc tackled the assignment by creating bright & colorful images using ‘focus stacking’ to show perfect focus on the product while using a natural depth of field to create the feeling of ‘realness’.

View more of Marc’s work through his AtEdge portfolio and at marctule.com.

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©Marc Tule

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©Marc Tule

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