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.

Clarkson named Basketball Hall of Fame recipient

February 13, 2015

We want to honor our founder, Rich Clarkson, who was named the next recipient of the Basketball Hame of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award, alongside Woody Durham.

The prestigious award is presented to members of the print and electronic media whose longtime efforts have made a significant contribution to the game of basketball.

Congrats Rich and we wish him a great journey into his 60th Final Four!


Company Rebrand wins 2014 ADCD award

October 7, 2014

ADCD Brand

Cinearc Creative Agency was awarded a 2014 Art Directors Club of Denver Award for Design — Brand Development on the rebranding of Clarkson Creative last year.

Charles Hellwig and their designers took the lead on overall brand design, logo, website, and further marketing promotion. Throughout the process, the team at Clarkson Creative was able to use our history and creative thoughts to inspire the overall direction of the rebranding.

From the initial layout, our staff was then able to create our own business cards, shoot all necessary production photos, and build our portfolio so that it all matched the overarching new brand design.

Congrats to Cinearc on this high honor!

Personality for your camera

November 21, 2013

With new cameras coming out like the Nikon Df, photography companies have been going back to their roots when designing tools for making images.

Artisan Obscura is a Denver company who has taken advantage of this new market. Their goal is to let you increase the functionality of your camera while at the same time express your individuality.

As of now, they sell wooden soft shutter release buttons in ten types of wood ranging from Ebony to Chakte Viga and are working on releasing hot-shoe covers as well.

The Photo Brigade’s Neville Black reviewed Artisan Obscura’s releases while going in-depth on what exactly a soft shutter is.



PDN PhotoPlus Expo

November 1, 2013

Last weekend the annual PDN PhotoPlus Expo took place in New York. Take a look at the Photo Brigade’s recap of the newest and coolest gadgets.

We are also really excited to get our hands on TriggerTrap’s Mobile Gadget. Take a look below!


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.

The Benchmark Revealed

October 23, 2013

As we celebrate 25 years, Rich Clarkson and Associates LLC has been a company of many disciplines, ranging from photography and book publishing to consulting and video production. Digital technologies continue to revolutionize our industry and remaining at the forefront has enabled us to deliver a high quality product faster than ever before and has allowed us to keep pace with the new and diverse needs of our clientele. Over the past several months we have created a new website, changed our company name, and moved offices. We chose Clarkson Creative because we are a creative, passionate and enthusiastic group of people that welcomes challenges and new projects, while still serving our current clientele with the respect and professionalism that has made our company successful since 1987. Our slogan, “The Benchmark,” reflects our standard of treating clients with professionalism while sharing our expertise and exceeding expectations. This philosophy has shaped the way we adapt and change and will continue to push us forward in this fast growing world. We invite all of you to explore our new website at and learn a little more about what we do.

We have fun, we are passionate and it shows in the work we do.

A light painting of our new office buiding located at 1553 Platte St. in Denver, CO.

A light painting of our new office building located at 1553 Platte St. in Denver, CO.

Photo: Peter Lockley/Clarkson Creative

2500 hits!

September 3, 2013

Congratulations to Colorado Rockies First Baseman Todd Helton for getting his 2500th career hit.

All photos: Jamie Schwaberow/Rich Clarkson and Associates, LLC.

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Clarkson Creative Intern Photo of the Day

August 30, 2013

Dexter Fowler photoshoot for Sharp Magazine at The Four Seasons

Dexter Fowler photoshoot for Sharp Magazine at The Four Seasons

Photo: Evert Nelson/Rich Clarkson and Associates, LLC.

Clarkson Creative Intern Photo of the Day

August 29, 2013

Bart Smith, from Indiana, jumps over a transfer at the Denver Skatepark this morning.

Bart Smith, from Indiana, jumps over a transfer at the Denver Skatepark this morning.

Photo: Evert Nelson/Rich Clarkson and Associates, LLC.