NCAA Feature: Photo Finish

March 11, 2015

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Rich Clarkson buries his hands in one of those boxes, sifting through the hundreds of photographs inside, searching for memories. He could reach into any one of these boxes and pull out a spellbinding shot: politicians, auto accidents, carnage from a tornado.
He draws out a photo of Stan Musial, close to retirement, hunched over and alone on the St. Louis Cardinals bench.

Next, he draws out a sequence of photos from the 1972 Munich Olympics: A Russian basketball player holding his arms up triumphantly, followed by three American players. One looks like his stomach is trying to wring out its contents. Another is angry. The last looks to be in deep shock. The U.S. had just lost the Olympic gold-medal game, in controversial style, to the Russians.

They’re the types of images for which Clarkson is best remembered – moments that reflect a deeper humanity that influenced the way people look at sports. Clarkson focused not just on the action, but also on the defining moments that came before the big games and after the big shots. He developed a signature low-angle style shot from a camera placed just off the baseline and pioneered the mounting of cameras behind backboards and above locker rooms to capture unique perspectives.

College sports was his preferred canvas for capturing those innovative illustrations of significant moments. It took him to dozens of Final Fours, where he captured some of the most memorable and reproduced images from the tournament: University of Kansas basketball coach Phog Allen giving his Jayhawks a pep talk at halftime; UCLA center Lew Alcindor pulling down a rebound over the University of Houston’s Elvin Hayes; North Carolina State University coach Jim Valvano, dazed from a historic upset of Houston, being hoisted onto the shoulders of his players and fans.

Read more of the visually stunning article at NCAA Champion Magazine.

Coloradical

October 28, 2013

Check out this video we did with the Colorado band, Bop Skizzum. The song was written specifically for break dancers, no lyrics and a constant beat! The band wanted to use local break dancers and use locations throughout Denver for the video. If you’re from Denver, do you recognize any locations in the video?

COLORADICAL: Bop Skizzum Music Video from Clarkson Creative on Vimeo.

Clarkson Creative Intern Photo of the Day

August 27, 2013

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A Saint Bernard, named Zeus, working as a service dog waits patiently on Coor Field as his owner participates in a Client Batting Practice.

Photo: Evert Nelson/Rich Clarkson and Associates, LLC

Running in the Colorado Trails

July 16, 2013

Kristin Gablehouse is a long-distance runner through and through.

For her, she can go for hours winding through the Rocky Mountain landscape. It’s a period of zen and relaxation that’s hard to find any place else.

Colorado has one of the most vast network of hiking and running trails in the world — a Mecca for runners, if you will.

Take a journey with us as we followed Kristin into the Centennial Cone trail near Golden, Colorado.

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.

RCA wins 3 Telly Awards

February 21, 2012

For over 30 years, the Telly Awards has been the premier award honoring outstanding TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and web videos and films.

With nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and foreign countries, a prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals uphold the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents.

Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of a Silver Telly, the highest honor.

Take a look below at our award-winning videos:

 


 

Flash Mob

November 28, 2011

Two days prior to the Thanksgiving holiday one of our clients, Denver International Airport, commissioned us to create a viral video of a flash mob group they hired during the peak hours of holiday travel. They performed twice that day to an unsuspecting crowd of airport travelers. Here’s a link to the Youtube version on DIA’s page.

-Josh

Bike crew

October 31, 2011

For about 3 years I’ve been working on cycling culture documentary here in Colorado. And for those same number of years I have also managed to neglect the mountain biking community. This season I got back on the mountain bike saddle for the first time in awhile. This is where I started my passion for bikes. On the trail. There seems to never be an exact plan for my photography but in this scenario I have high hopes to continue documenting a sport I truly love. Thanks for looking.

-JD

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Rockies

August 26, 2011

It has been awhile since we’ve posted images from Coors Field. Often our images can be seen all over town in street banners,billboards,bus signs and newspapers. Some of them large and some small. Some cropped and some not. This blog provides the opportunity to show work that may not have made it into the mainstream. As always, thanks for looking. In the coming weeks I plan on taking the opportunity to post a more rounded out presentation of the entire season in a more creative fashion. Stay tuned.

-JD

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Denver International Airport

January 19, 2011

One of our clients, Denver International Airport, has been wanting new images from their snow removal operations. The past snowstorm provided the perfect opportunity. My co-worker Steve Nowland and I went out at very different times throughout the storm. Did I mention how much we absolutely love clients like this that give total creative freedom to make pictures we see fit.

-Josh

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