Solving Mysteries with Angee Murray of Saatchi & Saatchi LA

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One thing I love about this business is how many different paths people can take and how our lives can still be connected regardless of which path they choose.  I remember meeting Angee Murray (then Rawlings) when she was an art buyer at Goldberg Moser O’Neill  (remember them?) in San Francisco.  She then moved on to work with RJ Muna as his studio manager before heading south to Saatchi & Saatchi.  I loved that even though Angee wore many hats, we still stayed in touch.  Over the years we have indeed bid and shot jobs together but more importantly we have become friends.   So, when I asked her if she wanted to contribute to our blog, I wasn’t surprised when she said yes.  Thank you Angee!

How do you search for photography nowadays?

My research starts with bookmarked websites, CA, Archive, At-Edge and the few inspiring promos that I’ve saved.

Where do you find inspiration? is a site that allows users to post and share their favorite images found on the web.  I also like The Sartorialist, a blog started simply as a way to share photos of people the author thought were interesting on the streets of NY but turned into something much bigger.

What are you reading online?

Read! The only thing I have time to do is look at pictures!! Seriously, I read and that’s about it. I wish I had more time to read some of the great blogs out there like yours but I’m just too darn busy.

What are photographers doing lately to stand out from their competitors?  

Treatments, personal notes, making appointments with AP’s to show their book when they are in town. Basically, anything that has a personal touch.

What does your client value most from a photographer?  Does that differ from what you value?  And, has that changed over the years?

Our client puts a lot of trust in the agency to find the right person for the job and values quality over getting it done on the cheap. I believe it shows in our creative product and that does not differ in what I value. I think that has been consistent with our client over the years and it is our challenge as Art Producers to find appropriate new talent and artists to keep things fresh.

Thank you Angee Murray!  If you would like to contribute to Solving Mysteries please email us.  We are open to you suggesting your own questions as well.

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