Ken Brown

APA Member  

415.343.5665 - ken@kenbrownart.com

San Francisco Bay Area

 

Summary

Skilled in all stages of still photography, film making, editing, motion graphics, and web design. Extensive creative administrative experience writing and negotiating contracts and licenses with a working knowledge of all aspects of multimedia production. Resourceful and organized with skill in maintaining collection registries and databases.

Experience

10/2010 - Present

Photographer - NYC & SF

  • Photographer
    • Clients: Title Nine, Coats & Clark, Backstage NYC, Blackhawk Museum, Blackhawk Collection, and The Auto Collections in Las Vegas
    • Photos ran in Digital Photo UK, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Insider Magazine, Several Collector Car publications and books, Diablo Magazine, Tri-Valley Yellow Pages cover, and various small trade publications/books.
    • On figure and lay down photography for apparel, jewelry, electronics, and containers

10/2010 – Present

Multimedia Production - NYC & SF

  • Photographer, digital technician, assistant, retoucher, video editor and camera for fashion, still life, landscape, and corporate business productions for print, web, television, and DVD

    • Clients include Title Nine, Coats & Clark, Backstage NYC, Blackhawk Museum, Blackhawk Collection, and The Auto Collections in Las Vegas

    • Assisted on shoots for brands that include Bentley, Neiman Marcus, Levi's, 24 hr Fitness, Banana Republic, Nike, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Tempurpedic, Athleta, Dockers, Walmart, Ann Taylor, Party Lite, Vogue Knitting, Soho Publishing, Coats & Clark, Title Nine, iHealth, Zuca, Tahki/Stacy Charles, New York Athletic Club, and many others.

    • Coordinate with production team to ensure level of quality meets the exact requirements of the client

    • Organize, manage and backup all digital files for each production. Maintain database of location, size, and working/backup copies of projects spanning several years.

    • Troubleshoot computer hardware and software during production in a preventative capacity

    • Build and maintain sets according to strict client guidelines

  • Graphic design (print and web) and digital motion design for advertising

    • Clients include Vogue Knitting, Coats & Clark, Blackhawk Collection, and The Auto Collections in Las Vegas

  • Software & Hardware

    • Capture One, EOS Utility, Phocus, Leaf Capture

    • Adobe CS for motion, still, print, and web publishing

    • Mac and PC

    • Digital Hasselblad, Phase One/Mamiya, Canon, Nikon, and select 4x5 systems

    • Profoto, Broncolor, Briese, Elinchrom, Norman, Dynalite, and most mono bloc head systems

 

1/2011 – 11/2011

Cooper Film Cars – Prop Vehicle Rental - New York, NY

  • Source, register, and hire a wide range of prop vehicles for movies, television, music videos, print advertising and upscale editorials nationwide

    • Clients include Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Banana Republic, CBS, BBC, PETA, and a wealth of top NYC fashion designers

  • Write contracts and handle insurance requirements for productions and prop vehicles   

 

2001 – 2010

Blackhawk Collection/Museum – Staff Photographer & Administrative - San Francisco Bay Area

  • Staff photographer from 2006 to 2010 and photographed the museums collection of over 90 classic automobiles and all exhibits, art pieces, artifacts, and events

  • Maintained department budget

  • Developed and managed databases for image archive of museum collection's, general inventory, and photographic studio equipment

  • Produced two nationwide television spots advertising the museums automotive collection.

  • Designed and produced layouts for promotions, print advertisements, in-house displays, exhibitions and catalogs while adhering to off-set printing standards

  • Coordinated marketing with top international automotive periodicals, nationwide automotive concours, and direct, local markets

  • Assisted and reported to the Director of Marketing and Communications, Development Coordinator, Director of Operations, and the President of the Museum

  • Performed administrative duties, managed an operations staff of 8 employees, assisted the accounting staff, scheduled safety seminars, managed the book store inventory, developed the collection’s database and general inventory, and oversaw installations and special exhibitions.

  • Assisted the development coordinator by growing the relationship between affiliates such as the Smithsonian Institution, The Shanghai Auto Museum, The Auto Collections in Las Vegas, and The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles

  • Other duties included invoicing, resolving any billing discrepancies, and reporting to accounting at the end of each project

Organizations

APA

Education

University of California, Santa Cruz

Baccalaureate of Arts – Discipline: Film and Digital Media

 

Awards

 

  • APA SF Something Personal 2015, 'Mono Lake Wiper'
  • APA LA Off the Clock 2014, 'Gullwing'
  • APA SF Something Personal 2014, 'Wolf'
  • APA SF Something Personal 2013, 'Pacific'
  • International Photography Awards (IPA) 2013, Advertising, 'Chevy Cruze'
  • IPA 2013, Landscape, 'The Other Side of San Francisco' 
  • IPA 2010, Fine Art, 'Chrysis'
  • IPA 2010, Fine Art, 'Pacific Ocean' 
  • IPA 2009, Advertising, 'Italian Landscapes' 
  • IPA 2009, Advertising, 'Aztec' 
  • IPA 2008, Abstract
  • IPA 2008, Still Life
  • Strobist Photo's of the Year 2007 First Place
  • American Photo's Images of the Year 2007