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rj muna wins big in the 2018 one eyeland photography awards

Congratulations RJ Muna on your recent wins in the Advertising category of the 2018 One Eyeland Photography Awards. RJ’s wins include 22 images in total, for clients such as Audi with Venables, Bell + Partners, ODC/DanceLiss Fain Dance, Garrett + Moulton Productions, Flyaway Productions and Kristin Damrow & Company.

Sharing a few of RJ’s stunning images here, but to see all the winning entries, head over to One Eyeland.

chicago roadshow

We are just back from a wonderful week in Chicago with the #mcaroadshow. We feel a special affection for our friends in Chicago, as that is where the Roadshow started, back in 2012. Until next time windy city.



the power of community, celebrating our los angeles art producers

Quinci and I get down to Los Angeles to show portfolios fairly often, but we were long overdue for a visit just to hang out with our beloved Art Producer community. Turns out our timing was perfect as the community was much in need of the power of the group. Over pizza and wine we got caught up, shared information, traded stories, encouragement and laughter. It was a perfect night and we already cannot wait for the next one.

jamie kripke, matthew turley and the aspen power of four

The Aspen Power of Four is a multi-sport race series that takes competitors on a course up and over the four mountains that make up Aspen-Snowmass: Aspen Mountain (Ajax), Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass.

They have a mountain bike version, which I’ve done. They have a running version, which I will never do. And then they have the ski mountaineering version, which Matthew Turley and I did for the first time this year,” explained Jamie Kripke. The two MCA photographers called themselves the “Frozen Buckeyes.”

Jamie is based in Boulder and his family has a place at the base of Snowmass. “It’s a cool way to see the area. You start at Snowmass and end up in Aspen, skiing some stuff along the way that most people never get to ski,” he said. An avid recreational skier, Jamie registered for the race as a way of setting a goal that would get him out skiing more. It wasn’t about the competition; it was about the experience.

And what an experience! The race starts at the base of Snowmass at 6 AM. Teams of two (you always have to have a partner in the backcountry) head up the mountain on skis to the top of Elk Camp at 11,325 feet where they exit a backcountry gate. The course, marked by color-coded stakes, takes you to the top of West Buttermilk at 9,900 feet. You continue along the ridge before descending into the Maroon Creek valley. You boot it across the road and through the base of Aspen Highlands (it was a particularly long walk this year due to the meager snowfall). You skin to the top of Loge Peak and then boot the final ascent to the top of Highland Bowl, the highest point on the course at 12,392 feet. From there, a long descent takes you down and across Castle Creek, before you begin the final final-five mile climb up an old mining road (“the most grueling part,” said Matthew) to the top of Ajax at 11,212 feet.

Total distance: 25.3 miles. Total climbing: 11,600 vertical feet.

It is a ski race, but when Jamie asked me if I wanted to be his partner, he specifically said we are not racing—the goal is to finish and not kill ourselves doing it. On the first climb, we were adjusting our pace a little bit, and Jamie said, ‘At no point do I want to hear my heartbeat in my head,’” Matthew laughed. He competed in numerous ski-mountaineering races during his twenties, though he admitted, nothing quite as tough as the Aspen Power of Four. Matthew mostly skis in Idaho, Wyoming and Utah–until this race he’d only skied in Colorado once.

Matt was definitely faster than me going uphill. He was basically in a lycra jumpsuit and he had these really skinny little race skis made out of carbon fiber and super light race boots that looked like something Kanye West would wear in concert. The idea is, if you can go uphill quickly, it’s good because you’re going uphill most of the time. My gear was relatively light, but it wasn’t race gear,” said Jamie.

I wanted to go as light as possible. We had to go the same speed, but I figured might as well make it easy on myself,” added Matthew.

The ultra-lightweight skis are great for going uphill, but not so great for going down. The terrain and snow conditions were variable. They skied areas of gladed trees and in other places they had to climb down over rocks. The final (3,000-foot) descent down the front side of Ajax to the finish expected skiers to rip a couple of double black diamonds that were bumped out and icy.

At one point, I wiped out and almost lost my ski down the hill because it came off,” said Jamie. “There was a section that didn’t have any snow on it, and everyone was trying to get down through these rocks. It was pretty treacherous for the most part, but there were some parts where the skiing was really good.

There were about 110 teams of men and women entered in the race. The winning time, posted by a pair of 20-somethings that compete on the international level, was around four and a half hours. It took Jamie and Matthew just over nine. Of 60 men’s teams, only 45 even completed the race.

You can look around and tell what group you’re in by what other people are wearing. At the beginning everyone is closer together, so we were surrounded by a lot of guys in skin suits, but as the day went on, I noticed the clothes on other people were getting baggier and baggier like mine. They weren’t racing either; they were just out there to do their best and enjoy the day,” said Jamie.

They kept a conversational pace, talking about anything and everything. “We actually didn’t talk about photography that much, which was cool,” said Jamie. MCA photographers are flung far and wide but get together regularly for Roadshows.Our group is closer than most for that reason,” he said.

Since the course takes competitors through the ski areas, once the lifts opened, there was solid support from the public to help push the racers onward and upward—literally.

People see your bib number, and they start cheering, people were yelling at us from the chairlift. That was sort of cool,” Jamie recalled.

So would they do it again?

Jamie was a great ski partner. I knew it was going to be a good long and fun, but arduous day. I’d love to do it again,” said Matthew.

If you asked me the day after the race I would have said no way in hell would I do it again. But you forget how bad it sucks. Ask me next December. I did the mountain bike race, and I said no way in hell am I doing that again, but I’m thinking about doing it this summer,” Jamie said smiling.

And if not the Power of Four, maybe the Grand Traverse, which goes from Crested Butte to Aspen, that Matthew divulged they (jokingly) talked about doing next year.

If he’s game for it I would totally do it,” replied Jamie. Sounds like it’s on!

rj muna wins big in the graphis 2018 photography annual

Congratulations RJ Muna for your sweep in the Graphis 2018 Photography Annual!

I am excited to share RJ’s multiple wins, the first of which is a GOLD in the Advertising category for the Airbus campaign created in collaboration with artist Berndnaut Smilde for the lovely folks at Publicis London.

And two wins for RJ’s Audi work with MUH-TAY-ZIK HOF-FER, a GOLD in the Automotive category and a SILVER in the Automotive category.

And a SILVER in the Portrait category for the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Portrait Series.

And two SILVERS in the Fashion + Beauty category…for Sierra and Okami.

Two Silvers in the Dance Category, one for Alonzo King LINES Ballet 

and for ODC/Dance.

And finally, two Honorable Mentions in the Dance Category for his work with Liss Fain Dance

and Flyaway Productions.

Congratulations again RJ, we love seeing all the recognition for your amazing work!


rj muna sweeps the 2017 one eyeland awards

One Eyeland announced its 2017 Photography Award winners last week and once again RJ Muna lands on top. With 9 separate wins including a Silver award for overall Photographer of the Year for his Airbus campaign with Publicis London and a Silver award for Photographer of the Year in the Advertising category for his work for ODC Dance. Additionally, RJ took home 4 Bronze awards in the Advertising category for his work for Liss Fain Dance, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and Dance Theatre of San Francisco and 3 more Honorable Mentions in the People and Advertising categories. Congratulations RJ!


san francisco (mini) roadshow

The MCA photo family was in town this week to once again remind me how consistently amazed I am at the camaraderie our group shares. Some of the photographers were here for At Edge F2F, others came in just to hang out with the rest of the MCA family. Quinci had us all over town visiting our favorite agencies; Muh-tay-zik Hof-fer, Goodby Silverstein & Partners and Venables Bell & Partners . Shaun had us tasting tea in Chinatown,  RJ hosted Margaret, Randal, Jamie and Shaun over at LeftSpace for some pool. Jamie spearheaded a group field trip to Pier 24 and afterwards, Shaun made a visit to Annabelle’s studio since she couldn’t join us that day. To say we are lucky, lucky agents is an understatement. We missed Matthew and Jim, who were ironically both on assignment in Italy.


celebrating our new york art producer community

New York Art producer party

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Having just returned from one of my favorite events of the year — the New York Art Producer party I co-host annually with Heather Elder — I am struck with an awe-inspiring appreciation for this community. There were some Art Producers with whom I’ve worked my entire career, some who are just starting their careers in Art Production, and even a few AP’s I’ve worked with but had never previously met. To have them all gathered together in the now familiar Ace Hotel Lobby swapping stories, camaraderie and friendship was, in a word, magical. And to get to do this all with my best friend and to be so fortunate to have Vanessa McGarry supporting us both in New York? How lucky can we be! I was also so excited to have Quinci join us once again this year after a few years staying back while her kids were younger (we missed you Lauranne). I think the I heart New York ad campaign slogan from the 70’s perfectly sums up my feelings towards this community, but the photos tell the best story. Until next time NYC.

New York Art producer party

New York Art producer party




waltz across texas

The MCA Roadshow did some serious waltzing across Texas last week.

We saw 12 agencies in 4 days, GSD&M, Preacher, Proof, Greatest Common Factory, SandersWingo, McGarrah Jessee, The Integer Group, Slingshot, TracyLocke, The Richards Group, Publicis Hawkeye and got to finish out our Texas tour with our old friend Katie Buntsma at Saatchi Dallas.


We had a little car trouble along the way…


But ultimately we had an indescribable week of fun, photo family, friendship…oh and Frosé. Thank you Texas ad community for the amazing hospitality…until next time. And be sure to check out the #mcaroadshow hashtag on Instagram to see all the behind the scenes.





jamie kripke shoots his own funeral

Inspired by the “profound truth” that “the artist’s best career move is death,” Jamie Kripke decided to stage his own funeral.

The idea was to step up the idea of the traditional mailer to advertise his work, creating a sort of subversive “commercial.”

“At first I thought it would be funny to stage my death as an elaborate hoax, complete with fake news, photos, and a proper obituary—to play with the idea that artists only become famous once they’re dead,” Jamie wrote on his blog, where you can read the entire (entertaining) backstory.

The result is the above video, a collaboration between Jamie and his partner Evan Fry, and produced by Postmodern in Denver. Evan directed while Jamie was lying in the casket.

Jamie premiered the video to a group of 50 or so friends and family, including his parents. “I had been wondering myself what the response might be. And to be honest I expected crickets / awkward silence. But the response at the opening was awesome! Huge cheers all around. Everyone loved it,” he reported.

Let us know how you reacted in the comments. Regardless of the nature of the response, this video is likely to get quite a lot more attention!

Executive Producer — Ben Seymour / Postmodern`
Producer — Krisi Olivero / Postmodern
Director — Evan Fry
Director of Photography — Jon Firestone
1st AC — Carl Otto
Grip — Dylan Rumney / Light Factory
Gaffer — Jason Tahara / Light Factory
Still Photographer — Jon Rose 
Editor — Bandera Cruse / Postmodern
Audio Engineer — Mike Cramp / Postmodern
Colorist — David Baud / Postmodern
Music — Paul Spaeth
Production Assistant — Eva Weinberg
Make-Up — Michael Long / Fairmount Cemetery

rj muna wins big at graphis 2017 photo awards

Congratulations RJ Muna, for your big win in the 2017 Graphis Photo Awards. A total of 16 images were recognized across 5 Gold and 2 Silver awards.






matthew turley and the exhibition for climate change

Matthew Turley’s image of an abandoned home filled with sand in Kolmanskop, Namibia, has been on display in Mexico City as part of an exhibition to highlight climate change. The exhibition was expertly curated by Susan Baraz and Hossein Farmani of the Lucie Foundation.


Kolmanskop was a bustling diamond-mining town in the early 20th century but after the diamond crash and World War I, it was abandoned. The town’s structures became too expensive to maintain in the harsh climate, and by 1954 it was a ghost town. Climate change likely amplified the hot and dry conditions already experienced in Africa.

The exhibition was originally created for COP21, the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris, held in November 2015. The exhibition was such a huge success, an expanded exhibition is on display in Mexico City for the Mayor’s Summit through February 5, 2017.

I believe addressing climate change should be our world leaders’ top priority. As such, I’m deeply honored to have my work selected by the Lucie Foundation for these international exhibitions,” said Matthew.


Matthew’s photograph is in good company: Ed Kashi, Steve McCurry, Christian Aslund, and many others have also contributed work. More than one million people will view the images over the course of the exhibition period.