JGA is BLOSSOMING!
We’re in a fit of renewal! 2008 brings fresh energy and I’m happy to be working with clients old and new. Our group of photographers are all versatile professionals whose portfolios demonstrate distinctive vision and whose personalities bring joy to our work. The new year brings us the opportunity to re-strategize how best to represent these artists in a changing marketplace.
To tackle this challenge, I’ve surrounded my self with a strong team. I am pleased to introduce Cassie Nelson, JGA’s new production coordinator. Martin Parada continues his invaluable work for us on the operations and billing side. Our fabulous crew of part time partners, Paul Maguire (IT savant), Seth Schneider (webmaster), Angela Lightfoot (bookkeeper), and Anne Tesoro (accounting) contribute their expertise and sunny personalities to maintain a smoothly flowing operation.
Our East Coast agent, Dominique Cole, was married in 2006 to a biochemist working for Eli Lilly. Although she persisted in commuting between Indianapolis and New York for three hectic years, her husband finally won out – Dominique has decided to settle full time in Indiana. Those of you who have worked with her know her great dedication to our photographers. Her 14 years of unique contributions to this agency have helped to build its character and success. We’re going to miss her!
We will soon undertake a makeover of the JGA website in celebration of our new beginning. Meanwhile, I will be working on expanding website content and bolstering our online marketing presence. I will also initiate new services JGA can provide to its talented artists. Over the next few months, keep your eye out for JGA’s expanded website and redesigned portfolios and promotions.
Please let me know what this agency can do for you. I am looking forward to working together to expand our business in profitable new directions during this bright and auspicious year.
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Alberto Tolot: Alberto recently photographed Gloria Estefan for Sony BMG.
Andrew Hall: Andrew photographed the global campaigns for John Player Gold Leaf and Kent cigarettes through G2 Worldwide. His still life work includes catalog work for Lexus.
Art Brewer: In fall of 2007, Taschen books published “Bunker Spreckels: Surfing’s Divine Prince of Decadence” by Art Brewer and C. R. Stecyk III. The tale of Bunker Spreckels (1949–1977) reads like a pitch for a movie to rival Boogie Nights: the stepson of Clark Gable is a privileged Los Angeles party boy who is heir to a multimillion dollar fortune; passionate about surfing, martial arts, guns, and women, he lives the life of a debauched international jet-setter before succumbing to his excesses at the tender age of 27.
Born Adolph B. Spreckels III, heir to the Spreckels sugar fortune, Bunker became a famous surfer as a teenager, but after his inheritance came along, he began to slip into a life of pomp and excess where surfing took a back seat to drugs, sex, and wild road trips. So remarkable was his lifestyle that he created an alter-ego who invited photographers and documentarists to trail him, piecing together a tell-all epic of his own rise to fame and fortune. Before the project, known as “The Player”, could be completed, Spreckels suddenly died of “natural causes.”
Thirty years later, photographer Art Brewer and writer/photojournalist C. R. Stecyk III (of 1 and 1 fame) have come together to make this book which traces the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of Bunker Spreckels. Widely considered one of the world’s most gifted surfing photographers, Brewer was a close friend of Spreckels and his personal photographer throughout the last decade of his life,
traveling with him from Hawaii to Los Angeles to South Africa. His images of Spreckels both on the waves and on land chronicle Spreckels’s metamorphosis from hippie surfer to international playboy, while Stecyk’s extensive taped interview with Spreckels, completed just three months before his death, provides a rare first-person perspective on all the decadent craziness that was his life.
Art Brewer is among the veteran photographers of the sport of surfing. His decades-long tenure as documentarian of the international sport and as photo editor for Surfer Magazine have garnered him numerous awards and titles. Bunker and Brewer were longtime surfing buddies when Bunker tapped the journeyman photographer to be part of his entourage to document and film The Player. Brewer continued his relationship with Bunker until his passing, providing the most complete photographic record of his life.
Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, C. R. Stecyk III’s first encounter with Bunker dates back to their meeting at Malibu Point in 1962. Their friendship of more than a decade spawned Bunker’s last interview, which appears in this book. Stecyk was an instrumental figure in the Southern California skateboarding scene of the early 1970s as both practitioner and chronicler, later serving as production designer and cowriter of the documentary film Dogtown and Z-Boys. The prolific artist and writer continues to create in Venice, California.
Art’s photography appears in an exhibition “Art Brewer Surf Photography 1967-2001” at the Brevard Art Museum in Florida January 5th through March 9th.
Art was a featured photographer for the Master’s Series in Digital Photo Pro Magazine in December. Click here to see the complete article.
Art photographed Maurice Green for Muscle & Fitness. His recent editorial clients have also included Golf Digest and Outside Magazine, and Popular Mechanics. His fashion/lifestyle clients have included AlpineStars, A4, Quicksilver and Saucony shoes. His recent sporting goods clients have included Electra bicycle and Callaway Golf.
Bo Streeter: Bo has recently photographed Blonde Redhead, Alexis on Fire, Dir En Grey, Autumn to Ashes, Gym Class Heroes, I Hate Sally, Sancitity, The Almost, Unearth, and Trombone Shorty.
Bryan Trebelcock: Bryan has continued his work with Goodby Silverstein shooting Hyundai. Other automotive work recently completed includes Toyota, GMC, Mazda, and Saturn. He has worked continually over the past year with Dacor, shooting their kitchen appliances in large room sets and on location.
Jeremy Samuelson: Jeremy continued his work with Crate & Barrel, Nordstrom, Dunn Edward, and Ti Baan Magazine. He and his family are STILL living in Thailand, although Jeremy continues to regularly work in the States. We’re excited about the whole new portfolio that Clive Piercy has designed for him, due to us March 1st!
John Romero: John has recently completed projects with DDB Needham and Dentsu Next. He and Andrew Hall worked together on print ads for Suzuki.
Rob Fiocca has won many prestigious awards for his work, including Applied Arts 2008, Inclusion in the Graphis Photography Annual 2008, and an International Photography Award 2007. His personal series of photographs from Iceland were exhibited at Gallery One in Yorkville and a book on the series is in production. Rob’s recent commercial clients include Minute Maid, Nestle, Campbell’s, Ikea, Fresca, Studio Junction, McCain Pizza, USTA, Haagen Daaz, Ariston, and Cadbury. Editorial stories include work with Golf Digest.