February 1, 2013
What I most admire about this photographer is something you don't see
I admire Sam Jones' ability to navigate what is sometimes the most dicey, difficult part of doing creative work — dealing with other creative people. Many, as you know, are saints. Good people who go out of their way to be gracious, who respect what you are trying to do, and who see your work together as an opportunity have an enjoyable, productive experience.
Then there are the not so good people. I remember (for example), a video shoot, years ago, with a high-strung actor who pretty much terrorized the set for a day. We were working on a promotional piece for a client and this gentleman was the central character. There was nothing to be done but to ride it out, make the best of it, and be certain never to write him into another script.
Clearly, Sam Jones has some magic about him that gives those who work with him — even these big names — the confidence to let him do his work. It occurred to me, looking at his work and seeing the many people he has worked with, that engaging and managing people is a not often discussed talent of the best creatives. Yet it is among their greatest assets.