See What Developed – Elsa Dorfman’s Photography

We love Errol Morris and Polaroids. Just had to have Michael Masterson review this super new doc. Treat yourself! By Michael Masterson When I was a teenager I wanted a Polaroid SX-70 camera so badly I could taste it. When my parents finally caved in and gave me one for Christmas, I was entranced with …


Cracking the Vault

The archives of the FBI have long been of great curiousity to researchers everywhere. Thought we would delve a bit deeper and sent our intrepid reporter Michael Masterson to explore a bit. With the FBI so much in the news recently, it seemed timely to do a little investigation of our own. In response to …


Rounding Up Ranching Culture – Part Two

Michael Masterson continues chatting this week with Seth and Charlie talking about technique and where Ranch Raised Kids is headed. Michael: You are often shooting in remote locations in challenging conditions, Seth. What do you use to capture such natural imagery? Seth: For me it’s all about environment, natural light and a Canon 35mm. F1.4 …


Rounding Up Ranching Culture – Part One

Personal projects – necessary to the creative. Here we start what we hope is an ongoing series exploring what engages and drives one beyond the commercial world. This is part one of a two part conversation Michael Masterson had with respected industry leaders Charlie Holland and Seth Joel. Charlie Holland and Seth Joel have shared …


Gado Images – Both Preserving History and Monetizing It

Guest post by Michael Masterson Thomas Smith is Co-founder and CEO of Gado Images, a San Francisco-based company that works with archives worldwide to help them digitize and monetize their visual history. Gado’s partner collections include Johns Hopkins University, the Afro American Newspapers, Silicon Valley Historical Association, Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, and many more. Since …


Adventures in Art Buying with Andrea Rosenfeld

After a career in the stock industry as an art director for Getty, PictureArts and Corbis, Andrea Rosenfeld took a leap into the ad agency world as an art buyer and producer. Andrea worked for DDB, RPA, Saatchi & Saatchi and other agencies before landing at David&Goliath, a top creative agency in LA, as a …


Success, Illustrated

A departure this week for the Visual Connections blog as we branch out to include the Illustration community with an interview with Stacy Endress, who heads up the U.S.branch of Illustration, Ltd. – an agency for commercial artists. by Michael Masterson How did you end up working as a commercial agent? What path did your …


Minden Pictures – and the formula for Longevity and Success

 Larry Minden is the founder/owner of Minden Pictures, a niche stock agency specializing in wildlife and nature imagery he launched in 1987. Maintaining its independence and reputation for quality, Minden is highly regarded for its curated collection and outstanding contributors. Larry lives on the central coast of California with his wife Linda. He has four …


Erickson Stock – Staying strong

Erickson Stock has been a staple in our industry of high end imagery for a long time. Michael Masterson caught up with Producer Jesse Hughes to get some insight into their staying power in an industry that is up and down to say the least: Jesse Hughes has been on the sales side of the …


Gordon Kaye, GDUSA – Part 2 – continuing the conversation

Michael and Gordon pick up where they left off last week. Michael Masterson: What drives you and GDUSA? What’s your passion? Gordon Kaye: We still believe in the power of print and I am awed by the critical role that graphic designers can play in shaping commerce and culture. As long as those two things …