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Make a Declaration of Creativity

I just received a very inspiring email. I thought it was worth sharing. I’ve changed or left out some of the personal details to protect the privacy of the sender.

“Hey Chase,
It worked. Everything you said worked. I declared myself a photographer, got business cards, set up an LLC, pumped out shots and pimped them like mad. I DECIDED this is who I am, and it’s like the whole world conspired in my favor. The best part is that my Dad who always told me photography was a waste of time, now respects me and respects my art. My life has changed because you gave me the time of day. Thanks for everything!”

By declaring a commitment to your own creativity you can make big things happen. Simply by deciding, “I am a photographer,” “I am an artist,” “I am a writer,” and taking the action necessary (like making your business cards and forming an LLC) you can and will make make it happen. Whatever your it might be. These are massive mental shifts — and not easy to make by any means. But trust me, they will make all the difference. Just like the letter says, you might find that the ‘whole world’ will conspire to help you. When I hear these stories – they deeply inspire my own work. So thank YOU for the letter. And most of all, thank you for helping to make the world a more creative place.

Learning from Startups Helps You Run YOUR Creative Business [SXSW Advise This Panel with Chase Jarvis, Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Conrad and J.R. Johnson]

As we artists continue to be forced to become entrepreneurs in our own right (see this episode of #cjLIVE with Zoe Keating), all things entrepreneurial are of interest to me… How can we channel our creative stuff into thinking into light, fast and hardcore focus like most startups are forced to think. The correlation is not a perfect one, but it’s expressly relevant to us creatives. It’s relevant for me not only in my own photography business, but it some offshoots I’ve either founded or co-founded like creativeLIVE.com (Free, LIVE creative education for everyone) and Best Camera (the first photo app in the world to share images to social networks). I’ve learned a ton through all this and I want to apply/share that experience and photo industry knowledge to do good in other photography via advisory roles that are on constantly emerging.

So anyway, that’s why it was a no-brainer when I was asked by SXSW to lead/moderate this panel with a handful of my super-badass pals Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Conrad, and JR Johnson — all amazing entrepreneurs, advisors and VC guys in their own rights. So if entrepreneruialism, startups, or the need to learn from them and think like one in your own business has any appeal, you’ll get something outta this panel.

Apologies in advance for the different-than-normal recording quality. The nice folks at SXSW were kind enough to let us share this, but it was created at a different standard than we would have created it due to limited resources. No harm, no foul – we’re just stoked to be able to share it. It’s still very digable.

Have a great weekend.

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What Photos Would You Want In Prison?

Photo by Laurie Jo Reynolds and Chris X. The prisoner requested a photo of himself in front of a blue sky.


We’re so innundated with photos these days. If you miss a loved one, you can just pull up a Facebook page or shoot them a text asking for a picture of what they’re doing. But what if you were locked away with limited access to images. What would you ask for?

My dear friend Jon forwarded me a link to this organization, YearTen.org, which chronicles life in solitary confinement for the men of Tamms CMAX, a super-prison in Illinois. For more than 10 years, many of these prisoners have been or are still living in tiny rooms, with no stimulation and no interaction. Their only salvation? Photographs.

I was moved by this idea and this organization. Perhaps you will be too – this is where you can help.

On the site, you can read the requests for pictures by the prisoners. Some ask for family photos, others ask for Jesus. Or, like the above picture, some want images of themselves dropped into a background that highlights hope, love, or something more. A few men just want something funny to look at. It’s strange to think about a photograph as a privilege, but when you’re denied everything else, a single image can be the difference between salvation and insanity.

If you want to pitch in (and maybe change someone’s life), join me in sending photos by following this link.

Change someone’s day, week, or life with a single image. Thanks.

Stunning Images from Tornado Alley [Consider Helping Out]

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Image: The LA Times

In the last few months, tornados have ripped through much of midwest. The wreckage is crazy, many people have lost everything–some even their lives–and aide workers are doing their best to piece it all back together.

There a few photos of the storms themselves–which are huge and scary–but mostly, there are tons of photos of the aftermath…destroyed houses, overturned cars, ruined farms…which kind of fall into the category of “ruin porn” or “Detroitism,” but images of destruction like these always make me want to give back. This is how photographers can do more–take pictures of gritty shit, and expose everyone to it, and remind them that there are people who are in need. Click thru the image tabs above the photo to see what i mean.

Check out what’s going on out there–and, if you have a chance and the means, consider donating to the Red Cross or Salvation Army.

How 50 Artists Raised $125,000 for Charity in One Night

Remember the group fine art show I was bubbling about in September? I intro’d it here, updated the project here. In short, 50 fellow artists — some of the worlds best known photographers, street artists, fashion designers, painters, celebrities, sculptors and more — came together at the lofty Phillips de Pury gallery in NYC to raise money for charity…

This here video chronicles just a part of the story–the making of my piece (wish we were able to chronicle everyones!), the preview of the work, and the gala auction (sneak peeks of Sting and Serena Williams), in short, it’s everything we could muster capturing on video amidst all the hard work…notwithstanding the final, staggering result that we achieved together, raising more than $125,000 for Free Arts NYC. I’m proud and humbled. Hope you dig this and hope you can find a way to help one of your favorite non-profits with your art in the coming year.

As a tribute, here’s a list of my co-collaborators, the artists who worked to raise the money. Consider cherry picking a few names from the list–famous or not–and taking a peek at their work online. In alphabetical order: Chris Anthony, Damian, Aquiles, Tyra Banks, Gary Baseman, Michael Bernard, Liz Brizzi, Scott Brooks, Tory Burch, Taylor Christensen, Peter Coffin, Anne Collier, Will Cotton, Sante D’Orazio, Patrick Demarchelier, Phillip-Lorca DiCorcia, Eine, Fabrizio Ferri, James Franco, James Frey, Brad Goreski, Olaf Heine, Stella Im Hultberg, Krista Holt, Hush, Chase Jarvis, Norman Jean Roy, Sivia Ji, Joka, Eric Joyner, Kinsey, Steven Klein, Anita Kunz, Vashtie Kola, Jim Lambie, Aled Lewis, Phillip Lim, Charles Lloyd, Nate Lowman, Maripol, Marily Minter, Nico Muhly, Dabsmyla, Estevan Oriol, Billy Norrby, Alex Pardee, Hilary Pecis, Joshua Petker, Jean Pigozzi, Rob Pruitt, Brett Ratner, Joey Remmers, Risk, Matthew Rolston, Cynthia Rowley, Aaron Ruell, Natalie Shau, Jason Shawn Alexander, Joe Sorren, Jennifer Juniper Stratford, Gary Taxali, Max Vadukul, Nick Walker, and Kent Williams.

Here’s some press in case you missed it: Juxtapoz Mag, CoolHunting, Filler Mag, Nylon, DesignBoom, and Daily Du Jour to give you a taste.

Creative Mojo, Change Your Life, Make a Difference — Chris Jordan #cjLIVE Rewatch

Few people that I know who have ever encountered photographer Chris Jordan’s work can dismiss or forget it, let alone NOT be inspired to action. Here’s a re-watch of this TRULY inspiring chasejarvisLIVE episode with the eye-opening Mr. Chris Jordan.

Wondering about how to leave your safe job and become a photographer?
Want to get out from under that blanket of creative & professional fear?
Want a cause-based vision for your photography?
Want to make a difference?

Jordan tells it like it is. He’s got gallery shows, museum gigs, speaking gigs, documentary films, and this guy moves the world to action – all from a humble, hardworking place. Spread the word about the re-watch and have a great weekend.

We’re all in this together.

49 Amazing Artists You Must Know [+ Some Other Guy & a Good Cause]

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Two weeks ago I announced a labor of love collaboration project (plus some behind the scenes photos…) that’s been underway for the past few months. It’s a group art show called Made in Polaroid 50 | 50 | 50 – top artists from photography, painting, graffiti, filmmaking, design, theater, acting, sculpture and more all have come together to raise money for Free Arts NYC, a nonprofit that provides under-served kids and families with art education, mentoring, and support. Some seriously talented & famous artists and then…uh…me, have come together to make this happen. It’s finally here. I’m so damned excited. And, to be brutally honest, I toured the final show this weekend…It is seriously badass. [do yourself a favor and scroll through the photos in viewer above when done reading this post…]

The show is open to the public, for free, and on display for 2 more days at the Phillips de Pury Gallery Space at Milk studios NYC (450 west 15th, 3rd floor), from 10am to 6pm. If you are in NYC, or tri-state area, please don’t miss it. If you are able/willing to support/donate (any amount $5, $50, $500, or anything) to support this cause, please visit FreeArtsNYC here. Everyone in the project is humbly grateful for your giving.

***note: IFF YOU ARE A SERIOUS buyer, collector, gallerist, curator or media and would like to attend the VIP auction on Wednesday night, Sept 14th at the PHillips auction location (450 Park Avenune) there are a limited handful of remaining slots. If you are in this group and would like to attend, please send an email along with a note about your credentials to info[at]chasejarvis[dot]com. I cannot promise availability, but I will forward those contacts to the event coordinators in hopes that we can get you in.

The artists featured in the show include, in alphabetical order: Chris Anthony, Damian, Aquiles, Tyra Banks, Gary Baseman, Michael Bernard, Liz Brizzi, Scott Brooks, Tory Burch, Taylor Christensen, Peter Coffin, Anne Collier, Will Cotton, Sante D’Orazio, Patrick Demarchelier, Phillip-Lorca DiCorcia, Eine, Fabrizio Ferri, James Franco, James Frey, Brad Goreski, Olaf Heine, Stella Im Hultberg, Krista Holt, Hush, Chase Jarvis, Norman Jean Roy, Sivia Ji, Joka, Eric Joyner, Kinsey, Steven Klein, Anita Kunz, Vashtie Kola, Jim Lambie, Aled Lewis, Phillip Lim, Charles Lloyd, Nate Lowman, Maripol, Marily Minter, Nico Muhly, Dabsmyla, Estevan Oriol, Billy Norrby, Alex Pardee, Hilary Pecis, Joshua Petker, Jean Pigozzi, Rob Pruitt, Brett Ratner, Joey Remmers, Risk, Matthew Rolston, Cynthia Rowley, Aaron Ruell, Natalie Shau, Jason Shawn Alexander, Joe Sorren, Jennifer Juniper Stratford, Gary Taxali, Max Vadukul, Nick Walker, and Kent Williams. And that, my friends, is an effing powerhouse of a list.

Here’s a few samples of what the press are saying at: Juxtapoz Mag, CoolHunting, Nylon, DesignBoom, and Daily Du Jour to give you a taste.

Large and humble thanks. I’ll keep you posted. Please spread the word and thank you for reading.

[and don’t forget to scroll through the photos in viewer above]

Chase Jarvis LIVE on Thurs 5/12: Special Announcement That Involves YOU

If you’ve ever tuned into an episode of chasejarvisLIVE (or even if you’ve missed them all) tomorrow, Thursday, May 12 would be a great episode NOT to miss. I have a very special announcement I’d like to share with you LIVE from NYC. I’m personally as excited about this as any project I’ve ever launched. It involves a worldwide creative collaboration of artists and creatives, including YOU. Yes, literally you.

Who: You, Me, & a worldwide gathering of creative people
What: I’m introducing an exciting new art project that involves YOU. #cjLIVE
When: tomorrow Thursday, May 12th at 10:00am Seattle time (that’s 1 pm NYC time or GMT -8)
Where: visit www.chasejarvis.com/live. It’s free.

Please tune in. I want you to be among the first to know about this project.

Support Twitter-Sourced Project “2:46 Quakebook”

As the aftermath of the Japan earthquake and tsunami have fallen lower on the news-cycle, a group of committed artists, some friends of mine and a whole lotta people–Yoko Ono, William Gibson, Barry Eisler, Jake Adelstein, Kings of Leon and others–have stepped up to create 2:46 #Quakebook, a “rich collection of essays, artwork and photographs submitted by individuals around the world, including people who endured the disaster and journalists who covered it.”

Quakebook, started with a tweet, just and idea, and now has emerged as fully formed art book. Amazon is printing this book for free and selling it physically (forthcoming). But the digital version of the book is available here. Buy it and please tell your friends.

100% of the proceeds go to Japan Red Cross.

The power of producing such a project and the speed behind which it has been exacted is seriously remarkable. Not only does it give hope and aid to the victims of the disaster, but it gives us creatives more insight, momentum, curiosity, and vision into the continued growth/evolution of high-quality, socially-sourced projects. Let this be a lesson to us all.

Japanese proverb: “Nasake wa hito no tame narazu”. Translation: the kindness we bestow on others benefits not only them but in some ways ourselves as well.
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A Polaroid and a Love Note

Friends. Just wanted to say a huge thanks for tuning into chasejarvisLIVE on Wednesday for our broadcast with We Are Augustines. Those guys showed us the love by opening up their backstory, their creative process, and a truly inspired performance. And you showed the love right back in spades. When I told the band that 30,000 of you tuned into the show on Wednesday–that they were performing to a virtual stadium full of people–they were speechless, blow away, grateful beyond words. The Seattle concert that evening (amazing!) ended up selling out, their social media blew up, the free song download link has been glowing red hot since the show aired. I learned a bunch from those guys, I had a blast, and, the icing on the cake: during the live photoshoot I got some really solid images. Will post those later somewhere.

Most importantly IMHO, is that the momentum you–this community–can create, the “virtuous cycle” kind of support you’ve showed chasejarvisLIVE, the format, and the guests, whether they’re emerging artists or established, will continue to make this show better. We’re doing real work to make this better and when you share it, you write about it, you participate in it, it evolves. And it just makes me want to do more. Huge thank you. Everyone = #winning.

A full audio-only podcast version of the show, downloadable here via free subscription in iTunes (or here via rss feed). A shorted edit of the show will get posted on my YouTube channel next week. Gotta tune in live to get the whole thing/real deal.

[To the few of you who nabbed the signed Polaroid images during the broadcast–like the one above–those should go out on Monday. Hit me on DM.] Continue Reading →

How & Why We Get Hired :: Interview with an Art Director

In case you missed the last chasejarvisLIVE, we posted the above video excerpt of my interview segment with art director/creative mojo/REI brand manager Jason Sutherland. In this video interview, Jason shares wicked insight on how photographers get selected for jobs, where he and his art director/creative director peers look for new talent, how he judges your work, why, and a whole lot more.

The above vid is only a portion of the full broadcast. Here’s a reminder on how this smorgasbord of chasejarvisLIVE content is shared so that you can get it how you want it going forward…

1. To get the full broadcast, and to be able to ask your questions via chat and twitter, you need to watch them LIVE on the day that they occur, or enjoy the rewatch posted exactly 12 hours later for those on the other side of the planet. For schedule and notice about when/where these are, follow the blog, twitter, Facebook.

2. Just 24 hours after the live broadcast we will post a full audio-only podcast version, downloadable here via free subscription in iTunes (or here via rss feed). I’ve heard from lots of you that… Continue Reading →

Photographer Chris Jordan on his Midway Project

I’m a huge fan of the work of a friend of mine, photographer Chris Jordan. His work is both subtle and bold, timely and timeless. Among other things, it beautifully (albeit tragically) explores human consumerism/consumption and the resulting detriments to the planet. From his work, we get a sense of freedom to grieve this predicament, but also a motivation toward change and inspired cause-based activism. The above video is a short chronicle of Chris’ midway project–a heavy, but brilliant undertaking.

This interview is the work of a longtime filmmaker buddy, Riley Morton, and is the first step in a collaboration between myself and Riley where we get together and–via my curation of subjects and his interviews–tell short stories about interesting people in Continue Reading →

Chase Jarvis LIVE on Wed April 6 – Taking All Your Questions [+ a Special Guest]

Whenever I give a talk or host a show, my fav part is the Q&A. Rather than me guessing what I should share, you just ask away. Especially the hard questions that you can’t learn in photography books: landing clients, overcoming failures, working with challenging clients, legal, gear, portfolio questions, whatever it might be. In this year’s first #AskChase version of chasejarvisLIVE, I got thru about 40 of your questions in the 90 min show. This time around, I’m hoping to double that, plus we’re adding another dimension.

The first half of the show will be me answering any questions you can put in the comments below. Rapid fire, as many as I can get thru. So don’t be shy, ask anything you’d like below and I’ll give you a shout out for asking it and do my best to answer with the dirty truth. But catch this: the second half of the show, I’ll have a guest with me. The Associate Creative Director for REI, Jason Sutherland. If you have been ignoring me are new here, then you’ll need to scroll back a bit and read the Diary of a Shoot I just wrapped up, where I chronicled my 9 day campaign shoot with them. Jason will be on hand to answer your specific questions, but also any/all your general questions about whatever you want to know from a client CD/AD perspective. Hopefully this is as good as gold.

Who: You, Me + guest Creative Director Jason Sutherland + a worldwide gathering of creatives
What: YOUR questions answered for 90 minutes
When: this coming Wednesday, April 6th at 10:00am Seattle time (1pm NYC or GMT -8)
Where: just visit www.chasejarvis.com/LIVE
How to get your questions on the show: ASK THEM IN THE COMMENTS BELOW

We will take some questions LIVE via the #cjlive or #AskChase hashtag on Twitter (follow @chasejarvis here) during the broadcast, however, Continue Reading →

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