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.

Rivalry Saturday – Top Ranked Alabama hosts LSU

November 8, 2013

Alabama hosts LSU in one of the biggest rivalries in the nation tomorrow. Last year, Clarkson Creative produced a video for the NCAA at the BCS National Championship in New Orleans. The stop motion project contains over 1000 images that were shot over the course of the day.

Championship Moments from Clarkson Creative on Vimeo.
 

 

Cover shoot wins gold Tabbie award

July 2, 2013

Clarkson photographer, Stephen Nowland, was awarded the gold medal for magazine cover photography for the Tabbie Magazine awards for his work on the Summer 2012 NCAA Champion Magazine.

The magazine article, On Course to Succeed, showcases University of Washington golfer Cheng-Tsung Pan and his success in college as well as his goals for the pros.

Below are the judging comments from the Tabbie award panel:

“A very strong photograph and appealing cover. The perspective down the
aisle and contrast of his purple shirt is nice. It has a warm and friendly
look and feel to it. Having the shot in a collegiate setting versus a golf
course was a good move. Fantastic photo in a unique setting! Grabs your
attention and makes you want to know more.”

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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 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.

JD

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Division I Women’s Gymnastics

April 24, 2012

Every now and then one stumbles upon a gem. This one was not painted in beautiful evening light nor was it the most decorated or popular sport by any means. What it did unearth was a goldmine of emotion. Loads. Needless to say, I’m now glad I accepted and willingly tried a sport I’ve never photographed before. Here are a few of my favorite images from this weekend.

-JD

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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.

Division 1 Women’s Volleyball Championship

December 21, 2011

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The Division 1 Women’s Volleyball championship is one I’ve made a point of covering for the last couple of years. I personally enjoy going back and photographing the same championship more than one time. I tend to make better, more thought out, images when I can properly plan ahead of time. I’m already looking forward to next year. Cheers.

 

-Josh

 

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Women’s College Cup

December 15, 2011

As 2011 comes to a close a new championship season begins. With each new season beginning we all start traveling to various cities throughout the country to gather images for the NCAA. Last week was the Women’s College Cup in Kennesaw, Georgia. Here are a few images I personally like from the event.

-Josh

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Championship weekend

December 12, 2011

It’s that time of year again when every weekend hard working athletes compete for an NCAA championship.

And this past weekend, 4 of our photographers were spread out all over the country to cover a few of the them.

San Antonio. Berkeley. Pensacola. Atlanta.

Ranging from water polo to soccer. And Division I to Division III.

Take a look and see what they were up to!