Chris Peters oversees art buying and production at Minneapolis ad agency Colle+McVoy and he was interviewed by PDN Magazine recently (here). I love this part of the interview:
PDN: Is there anything you wish photographers understood better about how to present their work to you?
Chris Peters: There’s no excuse for a bad Web site any more. I love large images. Let me see how good your photography is. My time and my attention span are short. Make sure when you showcase your work you’re showing your best work.
We got that covered:
I’m working on a project right now where I have to visit 210 agent websites and look at all the photographers on the site (between 4 and 12) viewing each of their portfolios to determine what kind of work they do (portraits, still life, fashion, liquid, reportage…). This is an incredible exercise for me because it brings me back to my roots (Photography Director) and the reason I started this company to begin with. You see, before APhotoFolio, thumbnails on websites were for decoration. I wanted them to be large and useful, so you could find something quickly. This allows you to serve up big beautiful monitor filling images and still make your site zippy. Trust me, sites without thumbs are like fingernails on the chalkboard. It’s good to see more companies following our lead.