The SXSW Interactive Featured Session Feature: Chase Jarvis

Written by Hugh Forrest | Friday, Feb 21, 2014

See Chase Jarvis at SXSW on Monday, March 10

Featured Sessions at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival showcase some of the world’s most innovative thinkers. Today’s installment of the Featured Session Feature focuses on Chase Jarvis of Chase Jarvis Photography. At SXSW, attend his session “Creativity is the New Literacy” session on Monday, March 10 at 3:30 pm.

An American filmmaker and artist, Chase Jarvis was listed amongst the 30 most influential photographers of the past decade by Photo District News magazine. He is best known for capturing urban and active lifestyles in a unique and compelling style that spans new and traditional media. Jarvis has also gained credit for developing a camera app that has changed the way people take photos with their phones.

Jarvis sold his first photo to a winter sports company in Colorado for 500 bucks and a pair of skis in 1994. Since that time, his work has been used in marketing campaigns for a laundry list of high profile clients, including Apple, Microsoft, REI, Nike, Subaru, Honda, Volvo and Brooks. While continuing to hone his craft, Jarvis also dedicates his efforts to help aspiring artists embark on their own creative endeavors.

In 2009, Jarvis released Best Camera, an iPhone app that allows users to edit snapshots taken on their phones. The app gave amateur phone photographers a variety of filters from which to choose, as well as the power to post images directly to social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Best Camera was world's first photo app programmed to share photos directly to social networks. Jarvis published a companion photo book, The Best Camera Is the One that’s With You (New Riders 2009), the same year. The book features photos taken by Jarvis using his iPhone.

A native of Washington State, Jarvis’ second book — Seattle 100, Portrait of a City (New Riders 2010) –- was the culmination of two years of work capturing life in his hometown. It includes more than 300 stunning black and white portraits of a wide variety of the city’s inhabitants, including musicians, DJs, restaurateurs, scientists, entrepreneurs and activists, accompanied by biographies of each subject.

Jarvis is also an accomplished videographer who has shot, directed and produced a number of internationally-recognized short films. He has created commercials for companies including Nike, Starbucks and Apple as well as music videos for the likes of multi-platinum recording artists Pearl Jam and Sarah McLachlan.

A recent foray into the fine art world culminated in an artist in residence installation at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan. Titled “Dasein: An Invitation to Hang”, the interactive, month-long exhibit featured thousands of snapshots taken by professional and amateur photographers around the globe.

In 2010, Jarvis launched, an educational site that offers free online workshops and classes on topics that range from photography, video and design, to business and software training. From studios in Seattle and San Francisco, the site has reached more than 1 million students in more than 250 courses. Jarvis also hosts a recurring web series – Chase Jarvis Live – in which he sits down with artists, actors, performers, entrepreneurs and other personalities.

Jarvis has been invited to speak at events around the world and often addresses groups about the “creative economy,” how to launch a creative business and how to profit off a passion for art. He lives in Seattle with his wife.

Register now to be part of the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival and to attend the “Creativity is the New Literacy” session on Monday, March 10. For the full picture of all sessions and evening events at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival, visit the day-by-day schedule. Also, learn more about the best of the best programming for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival by visiting the new Recommendations page.