Photographer Feature: Tom M Johnson

We are pleased to share this Pittsburg Story by Photographer Tom M Johnson. Thank you Tom!

Pittsburgh Stories_Alexi Morrissey

One the perks of being a portrait photographer is I get to meet a spectrum of personalities.  On somewhat of an extreme of this spectrum sits Alexi Morrissey. I met Alexi while setting up a shoot and he was delivering Millies Homemade Ice Cream to their parlor in Shadyside; one of the many odd jobs Alexi has done over the years to support his life and art.  Alexi is a large man with an equally large voice with intense light blue eyes to match, and to coin a phrase, he has a personality larger than life, or as he says “there is a performative aspect to his personality.” When I feel it appropriate I’ll toss out an irreverent comment to a complete stranger.  Most don’t get it and regard me suspiciously, not Alexi.  He took my serve and swatted it right back. So hard in fact, it was game, set, and match on just one volley.  In Pittsburgh it’s easy, sometimes too easy, to run into people you know.  It turns out that, as do I, Alexi likes to visit Commonplace Coffee on the north side, and from there, a friendship developed.

Graduate school in sculpture at Carnegie Mellon University is what brought Alexi to Pittsburgh 24 years ago.  However, in the metaphorical sense, Alexi believes he was born here. He arrived with no identity and for that matter in the early nineties neither did Pittsburgh.  He told me that “the smoked city, the steel city, the mill town was gone.” Pittsburgh was essentially dormant.  And according to Alexi, and I intend to agree, that Pittsburgh remains a city without a contemporary identity.  It’s in flux.  And because Pittsburgh was and remains in flux, Alexi finds the city a perfect place to thrive.  He says, “Pittsburgh made me who I am by virtue of not knowing what it is.”  

I admire Alexi for embracing the life of a bohemian artist, a life that’s cool when you’re 23, but not so cool when you’re 47 with two kids. Currently Alexi is working on a project titled “Have You Seen Me?”   It is a collection of porcelain vases shaped in milk bottle form that transport the iconic 1980s era “kid on the milk carton” missing person campaign back in time to specific African societies during the Atlantic Slave Trade.  The alternate reality memorializes real people kidnapped and captured into slavery.  As well, Alexi, a guitar player, leads a band, Old Money, Jesus: that plays Gothpel (not Gospel) music.  He proudly admits that he does not have an expertise in any one art form, nor does he have a specific craft or a specialty.  What’s paramount to Alexi is to use whatever medium to express “the idea,” and with the idea use whatever material and support of colleagues to manifest the idea.  When he was an undergraduate at the Kansas City Art Institute of Sculpture his teacher and mentor told his students, “There is the jack of all the trades and master of none, but we are, and how Alexi Morrissey prefers to define himself, “The Master of Jack!”

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Featured Photographer: Steve Korn

Seattle Photographer Steve Korn shares his new Mullenberg Designs Print Portfolio. Thanks Steve! Happy Belated Halloween ; )

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Photographer Clay Cook: Inside a Print Portfolio

We are pleased to share this blog post and video by Photographer Clay Cook. See one of our print portfolios in action and get the inside scoop on the portfolio design process from a professional photographer. Thank you Clay!

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ASMP | NY | Portfolio Review

The ASMPNY’s Commercial Portfolio Review is right around the corner!

February 2nd is a little more than 2 weeks away. Don’t worry, you can still order a Mullenberg Design’s Custom-Built Portfolio and upgrade your Portfolio Presentation. #presentyourselfbeseen


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Irvin Serrano / Press Hotel / Portland, ME

A Big Thanks to Irvin Serrano Photography for using Mullenberg Designs to build his photography book for the Press Hotel in Portland, ME.

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Episode 120 :: Photography Portfolios – YouTube

Photography Portfolios episode featuring Wade Griffith and his portfolio built by Mullenberg Designs

Episode 120 :: Photography Portfolios – YouTube.

Check out the new video! Kinda makes you just wanna be there….welcome to the studio of Mullenberg Designs & Portfolio Design Studio

About 6 weeks ago on a chilly winter Sunday, Judy Beedle, Reggie Hodges and Tony Calarco descended upon the studio with cameras, lights and creative spirit. It was their first time visiting ‘my world’…..we had a blast! Chatter, laughter, banter…….shutters going off, and Reggie’s camera rolling……
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This article by Alice Miller in the Aug/Sept 2008 of After Capture Magazine features numerous photographers I have built portfolios for in the last couple years.  She provides some great insights in the body of the article.

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AFTER CAPTURE August/September 2008