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Word Inks Deal With Curb For Global Film Distribution

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:52am
Curb Entertainment launched in 1984 to concentrate on film production and distribution. The company's [...]
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Glen Campbell Moved to Care Facility

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:36am
The Goodbye Tour was filmed for a documentary called Glen Campbell … I'll Be Me, which [...]
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P. Reign, 'Pon Tour': Watch Backstage Footage of Drake's Tour in New Video

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:21am
When Drake wrapped his “Would You Like A Tour?” in London last month, the best seat in the house belonged to P. Reign. In “Pon Tour” the rapper and...
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Pair of Detroit EDM Festivals Called Off

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:21am
Two new electronic music festivals scheduled for July 4th weekend in Detroit have been canceled for this year -- but have already announced dates for...
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Nas Opens Tribeca Film Fest With 'Time Is Illmatic' Premiere, Concert

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:21am
Nas kicked off the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday night with the premiere of "Time Is Illmatic," a documentary on the trajectory of...
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Apple Reportedly Planning Song-Discovery Feature For iOS

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:19am
Apple is reportedly planning a song-discovery feature for its iOS mobile software that will allow [...]
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Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lab test report

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:00am
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The Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' is a fast normal prime for full frame cameras, with an unusually complex optical design. Its premium price tag of $950 / £850 makes it substantially more expensive than either its predecessor, or Canon and Nikon's 50mm F1.4 lenses. However Sigma's recent high-end offerings such as the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM and 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM have been truly excellent, so how does the new 50mm measure up? See the lens test data and our analysis

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Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' real-world samples gallery

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:00am
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The 50mm F1.4 DG HSM is Sigma's latest fast normal prime for full-frame cameras, and one of the most hotly-anticipated lenses of the year. But how does it perform in real-world use?  We've been using the lens for a couple of days, and put together a gallery of samples. We've concentrated on large-aperture shots to show sharpness and bokeh, but have also included several taken at smaller apertures. See photos

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Eric Church To Release ‘The Outsiders’ On Vinyl

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:51am
This is Church’s second vinyl project in honor of National Record Store Day; last year, he [...]
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Chris Brown's Bodyguard Goes On Trial

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:20am
Chris Brown's bodyguard is going on trial on assault charges in Washington, a case that will be a preview for the musician's own trial. Christopher...
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Art Producers Speak: Sean Murphy

A Photo Editor's Blog - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:11am

We emailed Art Buyers and Art Producers around the world asking them to submit names of established photographers who were keeping it fresh and up-and-comers who they are keeping their eye on. If you are an Art Buyer/Producer or an Art Director at an agency and want to submit a photographer anonymously for this column email: Suzanne.sease@verizon.net

Anonymous Art Buyer: I nominate Sean Murphy. Sean is tenacious at living. He is vibrant, happy with an eye of the finest artist. Each of his takes makes me say AH! and I am an artist, so that’s not always an easy thing. He goes anywhere and traveling in his giant truck, he becomes part of the culture of what he is shooting and it shows.

Monterey Tourism / Cramer-Kresselt

Monterey Tourism / Cramer-Kresselt

47 Brand / The Fantastical

47 Brand / The Fantastical

Personal trip to Nicaragua

Personal trip to Nicaragua

SRT / The Richards Group

SRT / The Richards Group

Tosin Abasi / Guitar World

Tosin Abasi / Guitar World

Stock shoot for Image Source

Stock shoot for Image Source

Cedar Fair / Cramer-Kresselt

Cedar Fair / Cramer-Kresselt

Evan Seinfeld

Evan Seinfeld

Nature's Recipe / Draft

Nature’s Recipe / Draft

AAA / The Richards Group

AAA / The Richards Group

How many years have you been in business?
Well, I got out of college in 1993. It was around 1995 that I started getting my first jobs, which at that time were mostly editorial. I knew a lot of bands, so I also ended up shooting rock and roll and album covers. I didn’t get my first advertising job until 1999, but by 2000 it became and remains the primary work that I do. I still do shoot music and editorial and I love the creative freedom it brings, but I don’t focus my energy on acquiring that work so much anymore. So, that’s the “too long” answer…it’s been about 20 years. :)

Are you self-taught or photography school taught?
School. I spent a lot of time painting and sculpting while I was growing up. I had a girlfriend with an old Pentax that she loaned me and, on a whim, I signed up for a photo class at a community college in Orlando, Florida. I got the bug immediately, quit mid-semester, and moved to Boston to go to the New England School of Photography. I graduated Valedictorian in 1993.

Who was your greatest influence that inspired you to get into this business?
Before I went to Boston, I attended that photography class in Orlando. The teacher was a retired Time-Life photographer. His hands were gnarled from years of working with the chemicals. Cool guy. He said to me, “I never say this, but you have something special. If I were you, I’d leave here and go to Boston or New York.” So I did. Within a month, I was gone.

How do you find your inspiration to be so fresh, push the envelope, stay true to yourself so that creative folks are noticing you and hiring you?
Well, for starters, I’m shooting ALL the time. I surround myself with uber-talented people. I get fueled by their vibes. And I have a crew of crazy, crazy-talented friends. They’re always keeping me laughing and I’m always inspired. So ultimately, I’m just photographing my life. I’m just grateful that who and what’s around me happens to be interesting.

Do you find that some creatives love your work but the client holds you back?
Hmm, I don’t know if I really get that direct input from the client. The creatives are acting as the intermediary.

I present my work as I see fit on my website and on social media.

Frequently, I’ll be asked by the creatives to put together a selection of work or a special presentation that they can show to the clients. If the client approves, I guess I get hired. Lately, I’m having the most fun in my career I’ve ever had. I’m getting hired to shoot exactly what I love to shoot. :)

What are you doing to get your vision out to the buying audience?
As far as the internet is concerned: website/blog, Facebook, and Instagram. The usual suspects.

My primary engagement from the buying audience comes from my website, with Facebook coming a close second.

I travel a great deal. When I do, I always make arrangements to meet art buyers and creatives all across the country.

I’ll do a mailer a few times a year, and I also have books made of my work that I’ll bring with me to show to prospective clients.

Lately, I’ve been getting more attention for some of my rock and roll photography from years past, which is now going to be shown in some galleries, so that is also another new avenue that is exposing my work.

What is your advice for those who are showing what they think the buyers want to see?
You need to show a cohesive body of work. I’ve found that that’s more impressive to the buyer than trying to show your entire bag of tricks. You want to create a relation of your name to the type of work you are selling yourself to do. You want them to say “Sean” or “this guy” can do this type of work. You don’t want to show a thousand styles.

Are you shooting for yourself and creating new work to keep your artistic talent true to you?
Non-stop. I shoot everyday. I don’t leave the house without my camera strapped around my back. I’m not doing it on purpose to keep myself fresh. I’m doing it because I love it so much.

How often are you shooting new work?
Pretty much all the time. If I’m not shooting paid work, I’m busy lining up pro-bono shoots for companies that I find interesting, working with new super creative art directors, working on collaborations with other artists, or shooting new material for stock with Getty. So my time is always busy. I’m not motivated by the money. I’m just motivated by shooting cool stuff all the time. :)

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Over a decade later, Sean is now internationally known for creating influential, diverse award-winning campaigns for clients such as Ford, Chevy, Old Navy, Playstation, Wal-Mart and Hard Rock Café – and he’s always on time and within budgets, even when they seem unrealistic. He has also shot album covers for bands like Weezer and Tenacious D. Sean is universally recognized for his approachability with his subjects. From kids to celebrities, businessmen to bikers, everyone is at home with Sean’s larger-than-life personality, and that comfort level brings out the best in people.

www.seanmurphyphoto.com
Represented by Tom Zumpano 310-409-0249 tom@zumpanos.com

APE contributor Suzanne Sease currently works as a consultant for photographers and illustrators around the world. She has been involved in the photography and illustration industry since the mid 80s, after founding the art buying department at The Martin Agency then working for Kaplan-Thaler, Capital One, Best Buy and numerous smaller agencies and companies. She has a new Twitter fed with helpful marketing information.  Follow her@SuzanneSease.

 

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Historic 1800s Music Row Building Demolished

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:06am
The Queen Anne style building located at 1 Music Sq. W. is no more. Construction crews tore down [...]
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Once Instagram Disappears What’s Next?

A Photo Editor's Blog - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:00am

Once Instagram disappears, and it will, what’s next? I’m already getting bored of it. I think it has served its purpose. We need to find another outlet, especially since in a couple of years we’ll all be on a level playing field in terms of the number of followers, so we’ll have to look at something else.

via Benjamin Lowy: “The end of Instagram?” » FLTR.

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Salsa Great Cheo Feliciano Dies in Car Accident

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:20am
Police say Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano has died in a car accident in the U.S. territory. He was 78. Police officer Israel Arroyo says...
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Glen Campbell Moved Into A Care Facility

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:20am
Glen Campbell has been moved into a care facility three years after been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, People.com reports. "He was moved to an...
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Diddy, Guy Gerber, Steve Aoki, Chad Hurley at IMS Engage: Where Worlds Collide and Gates Open

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:20am
When asked about the origins of 11:11, the name for the much-ballyhooed collaboration between Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Israeli DJ/producer Guy...
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'American Idol' Announces 2014 Tour Dates

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:18am
Host Ryan Seacrest announced that tickets for the American Idol Summer Tour are going on sale on May 9. The 41-city tour will kick off June 24 in...
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Eyefi announces photo sharing cloud service

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:01am
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The maker of popular Wi-Fi SD cards has launched Eyefi Cloud, a private photo-centric cloud service that makes photos instantly available on a smartphone, tablet, PC or smart TV. Once users send images from their camera to mobile device using the Eyefi Mobi SD memory card and updated iOS and Android Eyefi apps, images can now be transferred to Eyefi Cloud for viewing on any browser-enabled device. Learn more

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Behind the scenes: Small lighting, big results with Joe McNally

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 4:00am
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Nikon's latest in a series of behind the scenes videos features photographer Joe McNally. An off-camera lighting wizard, McNally shares some useful tips from three different flash scenarios. No diffusion panel? No worries, McNally explains you can get the same results by placing a bed sheet between the flash and the subject. And as natural light began flowing through his studio, like any good photographer, McNally moved his model to make some pictures — without flash, this time. See video

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Coldplay Reveals Intimate Live Shows for ‘Ghost Stories’ Launch

Billboard.com - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:17am
Coldplay have unveiled their first run of live shows in support of the band’s new studio album, “Ghost Stories”.  The British alternative rock...
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