Category: 2012

Happy Holidays from the RCA crew

December 21, 2012

We wish you all a Happy Holiday season and look forward to 2013! It’s been quite a busy year and we are already gearing up for the next one. We have such a great group of individuals with whom we interact (that’s you!) and that keeps us motivated everyday to bring out the best.

Take a look at the video above for a special holiday treat!

From all of us at Rich Clarkson & Associates, we wish you the best.

Behind the Lens with Rich Clarkson

December 17, 2012

Watch as photographer Rich Clarkson shares his favorite photographs and stories from KU athletics, NCAA Final Fours, Sports Illustrated, Topeka Capital Journal, and more in a conversation with broadcaster Gary Bender.

NCAA Champion Magazine Fall 2012

October 25, 2012

The Fall 2012 NCAA Champion Magazine features Ashley Priess, a gymnast from the University of Alabama. Having clinched a national championship for her school on the beam last year, I knew heading down to Tuscaloosa that we really wanted to show her on that apparatus. Here is how it turned out.

US Women’s National Team

September 24, 2012

The US Women’s National Soccer Team played Australia at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City this past week. I had the great fortune to photograph the game for International Sports Images, Inc., the official photographic agency for the US Women’s and Men’s Soccer teams.
Between a packed house, a lot of goal scoring and the retirement of Head Coach Pia Sundhage, there were a ton of opportunities to make some nice photographs. Here’s a quick glimpse at some of my work from the game.

NCAA cover brings home gold award

August 1, 2012

For TABPI, the Trade Association of Business Publications International, the Tabbie Awards represent the best in trade publications from medical, digital, to everything in between.

The 2012 Tabbie Awards featured nearly 500 entries, with nominations coming from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, France, India, Singapore and South Africa.

Photographer, Jamie Schwaberow, won the Gold Tabbie Award for his cover photograph of NCAA Champion Magazine featured below. The judging comments were “This photograph is great… the basketballs frame the subject perfectly, it’s colorful without being distracting and it sets a great tone. The copy balances the photograph nicely.”

Photographers like Schwaberow at RCA shoot the Champion Magazine covers on a quarterly basis profiling certain student athletes excelling within NCAA athletics.


NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field

June 22, 2012

As a sports photojournalist the sheer essence of time is one of the most valuable commodities any of us can imagine. Time. Just the thought brings a smile to my face. To truly work a scene from the inside out while relying on each other in a collective fashion can be inspiring. Step away from the other photographers. Step away from the designated boundaries is what we did.


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Reebok Commercial

June 20, 2012

I was recently hired by ESPN The Magazine to photograph a Reebok CrossFit Commercial featuring Peyton and Eli Manning. Admittedly, I misspoke from the start. As I was introduced to Peyton and Eli, I mentioned that if at all possible, I’d like to get some behind the scenes access and hopefully some funny/endearing moments between the two of them. The record screeched to a halt as Peyton replied “We are serious about CrossFit and the new Reebok product. I don’t know what funniness or anything off set has to do with this commercial.” Not exactly the start I was hoping for or for that matter the access I wanted, but it all worked out and I was still able to pull off a couple of images of brotherly camaraderie and fun while on set. JS

Winter X 2012

May 3, 2012

I owe a portion of my photographic growth on the ESPN X Games. Over the last four years the kind folks at ESPN have been kind and trusting enough to set me free in land of action sports. As of two days ago the X Games announced some growth of their own when they presented the new World X Games host cities. I truly hope and believe that this succeeds.


Nat Geo photogs give insight from Rich Clarkson

April 9, 2012


Gerd Ludwig continues his series on speaking to former Directors of Photography including Rich Clarkson. Clarkson was Director of Photography for the National Geographic Magazine from 1985 to 1988.

Like Kent Kobersteen, I have spent much of my professional life moving on from an early role as staff photographer to a director of photography. My time spanned two successful newspapers and eventually, the National Geographic Society.

It included working as a contract photographer for a news weekly and the nation’s premier sports magazine, as well as the editor of a number of books and photographic projects. So from both sides of the fence, my career has been about the business of getting good pictures and then using them well.

So what did I learn in these various stages? And what should all photographers know?

This is about what directors of photography do, and how to use them well.

First, a director of photography is your friend — and your spokesman, your salesman and often, your mentor. But he is a middleman. His job lies between you, and the users of your work, along with a picture editor and various other layers of editors whose job it is to combine the visuals with words. It is a very competitive environment.

Some managing editors are brilliant manipulators of all the elements to tell a story most effectively, but often they can use help. Dealing with various magazine editors over the years, often a scene of negotiations and compromises.

To read the rest of the article, go to The Photo Society.

The Photo Society is a collaboration blog of National Geographic photographers, their work, and their opinions.

CBS News ‘This Morning’ profiled Rich Clarkson for 57th Final Four

April 4, 2012

Since 1952, Rich Clarkson has been a staple of the NCAA Final Four Tournament documenting history. From the emergence of the black athlete to the different style of the game, Rich has been travelled the road to the Final Four 57 times.

With that, Charlie Rose and CBS News This Morning gave him some airtime this year on the Monday morning of the Championship game.

Take a look below on the insider’s look into the mind of the ‘Legendary Final Four photog’ Rich Clarkson.

The Kansas City star newspaper also profiled Rich in their story on Kansas’ Final Four win. Take a look here.