jim krantz
Photography, United States
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Contact details
2123 N. Sedgwick St
Chicago, IL 60614
Tel: 312 733.9958
Brief Summary
The Way of the West is the culmination of Jim Krantz’ extensive experience as a photographer of the American west, a landscape whose beauty and violence has held a nation in awe for centuries. Over the course of a four-day shoot in the Colorado mountains, Krantz worked with a RED Camera and the Canon EOS 5D, which allowed him to shoot photographs, capture live-action footage and, later, pull stills from the RED Camera motion footage. The result: A fusion of photography and live-action footage, which creates a product richer than either medium could alone. Krantz explains his vision: “I recently came across the term, ‘transmedia,’ which struck me as a far more accurate description of this project than the more commonly used phrase, ‘multimedia.’ More than a jumble of mediums thrown together, ‘transmedia’ implies a sense of transcendence—of imagery that extends beyond expectations. And that was my point of departure.” 
20th Century Investors
Adam Kimmel
Chase Bank
Ernst & Young
Federal Express
Harris Labs
Holland & Holland
Jack Daniels
Johnson & Johnson
Macaroni Grill
Morton Salt
Mutual of Omaha
Philip Morris
State Farm
Union Pacific
United Parcel Service
United Airlines
US Marines
US Army
Wells Fargo

Professional Experience
In addition to producing award-winning photography for a global roster of clients, including Nokia, Wells Fargo, The U.S. Army and more, Krantz has devoted much of his career to capturing the American west, a sliver of the United States that, for so many, encapsulate its history and spirit at its purest. The lauded commercial artist, whom Communication Arts profiled in a recent cover story, is also a fine artist. He’s represented in New York’s prestigious Danziger Projects Gallery, along with many of the world’s most prominent photographers, including Annie Leibovitz, Vik Muniz and Chuck Close. He’s been honored by the likes of Communication Arts, The American Photography Awards, The Lucie Awards, and The Art Director’s Club. And in 2010, the IPA named Krantz its 2010 Advertising Photographer of the Year. 
Awards and Recognition
IPA- 2010 International Photo Awards, Advertising Photographer of the Year
B&W 2010 Spider Awards/Advertising
Wallpaper* 2010 Design Award, "Best in the West"
Center for Fine Arts-“Human Canvas”
B&W 2009 Spider Awards:  Advertising.
Communication Arts, “2008 Photo Annual”
B&W 2008 Spider Awards:  Advertising nomination.
AI-AP 2008 Award/Fine Art.
Communication Arts, “2007 Photo Annual”.
B&W 2007 Spider Awards. 3 Nominations:  Architecture, Abstract & Photojournalism
Best of ASMP 2007, “A Shoot to Remember” Award.
IPA- 2007 International Photo Awards, Advertising Award.
2006 “Photography Now-100 Portfolios”, Wright University
2006 “On the Edge”, Center for Fine Art Photography
2006 American Photo Awards 22
Communication Arts, “2006 Photography Annual”
Photoworks ’06, Barrett Art Center, “19th Annual National Photography Exhibition”
2006 “After Dark”, Center for Fine Art Photography
2006 “On the Road”, Center for Fine Art Photography
2006 IPA’s Best in Show Competition


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