From the window of their studio, the four photographers who run Red Box Pictures can see the hulking Seattle Post-Intelligencer globe. It’s more than just a Seattle landmark to them. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published its last edition on March 17, 2009.
Less than two weeks later, on March 26, 2009, four photojournalists who had lost their jobs when the newspaper closed formed Red Box Pictures.
The company’s successes have included photographing an advertising campaign for former editorial rivals The Seattle-Times and contracting to do the sports photography for the University of Washington athletics department for the 2010-2011 sports season.
Other clients include Costco, Key Bank, Russell Investments, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, TBA Global, T-Mobile, Savers, Bisato Restaurant and TracyLocke (for Pepsi).
Red Box Pictures specializes in providing stylized photography for marketing, corporate, advertising and wedding clients. Red Box Pictures also serves editorial clients, such as USA Today, the Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, but offers services that stretch far beyond news photography.
The Red Box Pictures company name comes from the P-I’s red newspaper vending boxes that once dotted the state.
The four founders, Dan DeLong, Scott Eklund, Andy Rogers and Rob Sumner decided to start the company to keep alive the spirit of creativity and collaboration that was fostered in the newsroom environment.
“We want clients to feel like they are hiring a team, not just a single photographer,” said Rob Sumner, a photographer who worked as one of the photo editors at the P-I.
Before the paper ceased publication, the Seattle-Post Intelligencer had one of the most talented photography staffs in the country. In the 2009 Best of Photojournalism contest, the P-I placed second for best use of photography, finishing behind only the New York Times.
Throughout their newspaper careers, the Red Box photographers had photographed many notable events and names, including the Super Bowl, The White House and the Iraq War.
Red Box Pictures at a glance
Founders, Dan DeLong, Scott Eklund, Andy Rogers, Rob Sumner
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