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Episode 66: Chase Jarvis

January 16, 2009

Chase Jarvis is hot! (I mean that from the standpoint of his place in the industry, although he is a good looking guy too.) Chase is the youngest photographer to be named both a Nikon and Hasselblad Master. He was the guy Nikon hired to launch the D90 when it first came out. His commercial clientele have included Volvo, Reebok, REI, Helly Hanson, Windows Vista, and too many more for me to name. He’s also a motion picture and music video director, and has a passion for philosophy. In fact, he was getting a PH.D. in philosophy when he decided he wanted to pursue his artistic passion rather than continue to learn about dead white men (his words, not mine.) Prior to his pursuit of philosophy, he was about to go to medical school. He actually got up and walked out of his interview for medical school because it dawned on him right then he didn’t want to be a doctor.

Chase’s very first gig pursuing photography was a commercial one. He bypassed the traditional routes to commercial shooting. He was pad $500 for taking ski photos. Now he has a staff of five, travels the world, works with Fortune 500 companies, and directs film and videos. And, just like last week’s guest, Chase is 100% self taught. I am confident you will find this one of our more inspirational interviews. Chase covers everything from his take on appreciating the masters, the influence of philosophers and twentieth century artists on his work, how his love for art history and philosophy informs his work with art directors, the convergence of video and stills (he actually think the whole movie is UNDER-hyped), how one can make a move into the commercial world, and his disdain for the caste system in the photography industry (he gives much props to you wedding photographers out there.) Enjoy!

Today’s musical outro is Ten O Four by Trip Throttle, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music.

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Next week, video producer/photographer Curt Apanovich of PhotographyMentor.com chimes in on his take about the fusion of video and stills.

  1. January 19, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Chase reminds me of ‘The Last Action Hero’. I’ve seen a couple of his shoots on the internet and it blow me away how he works on location.

    Thanks for bringing us another awesome interview, Ron.

  2. February 28, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Chase Jarvis rocks!

    Like you said Ron, most in the wedding photography don’t follow him that closely. But as an outdoors / extreme sports lover, I know his work well and REALLY admire what he has done both in his images and his success…


  3. March 4, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    This is an interesting podcast. He seems to have his fingers in a whole bunch of different pies which is great.

  4. April 5, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    That was very funny about scary wedding photographer job! I wonder how many weddings Chase did?

  5. donatogreco
    October 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    even if this a 2 years old podcast, i’d like to listen it, but it isn’t available anymore on podbean

    could you please provide a new updated link to download it ?


    • October 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      sorry, but the podcasts are no where online. I’m considering making the old podcasts available via my new podcast Crossing the 180. Follow on twitter at @crossingthe180 to keep updated.

      Thanks for your interest.

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