I am a career-long artist manager and producer working with a long list of brands, agencies, and media companies. I strive for excellence with every project I undertake, regardless of budget or scale, valuing the integrity of the process and the outcome equally. Here's my story: 

When I graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Philosophy, I decided that the most practical use of my theory-rich education would be to move to Waitsfield, Vermont, work in the Sugarbush rental shop, and ski my heart out. Eventually, and with considerable reluctance, I made my way to NYC, where I soon enrolled in an arts management graduate program at Columbia. It was during this amazing time of my life that I found my real comfort zone within a growing social circle of emerging New York painters and photographers. I started going on studio visits--which turned out to be a brilliant way to learn the language of art criticism--and eventually started curating pop-up shows and selling work to young collectors and corporate buyers who had an interest in acquiring meaningful and affordable art. 

Not long after graduating, I landed my first job in advertising working with the art buying team at Ogilvy. Within a year, I was asked to run the department, an experience that gave me both the foundation and the courage to launch NJM Inc., an artist management and production company working in the commercial space.  Over the years, I've had the privilege of representing some pretty exceptional creative talent, including Matthew Rolston, Tina Barney, Mary Ellen Mark, Dana Lixenberg, Jessica Dimmock, Hans Feurer, and Eric Maillet. I also had what I considered a capstone moment in 2016 when I secured a year-long contract working as an agent with Magnum Photos, the legacy-rich Agency that long ago inspired my love of narrative photography. 

I believe my ability to translate myriad visual styles in a way that helps creative directors elevate their vision is, to this day, a key component of my success. With that, I am humbled and proud to present the work of Tina Barney, with whom I've been working for over twenty years; Sharon Core, a still-life artist who delivers spectacularly sumptuous imagery, in every sense of the word; and Mitch Epstein, a subjective cultural and political visual documentarian who unifies ideas with work that is at once deceptively beautiful and impossible to forget.  We are an agency committed to making stand-out visual content for NGOs and brands across every industry looking to cut through the dizzying clutter of mediocre visual content that bombards us every moment of every day.  

 

Feel free to pick up the phone or shoot me an email.  We'd love to hear about your next project. 

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