Articles

Balfour Walker - 2017 / 07/26/2017 6:06 pm

Balfour Walker Balfour Walker was born in Philadelphia. Son of a serious amateur photographer, he spent many hours watching his dad print pictures and talk photography. The craft was always there for him. As soon as he took a photo class in high school, the camera became part of his life. “I knew I wanted to be a photographer”. 

When his brother moved from Philadelphia to Tucson, Balfour followed to attend the University of Arizona.

During those years in college, he worked on photography technique and studied the best, always having a darkroom in each rental house. In 1971, he completed his business degree and was ready to move forward.

Directly after college, Balf was hired to go to Europe to do photographs for the Speed Merchants, the first of Michael Keyser's 10 books on motor racing.  This was his introduction to Formula One and sports racing cars. Returning to the relative sanity of Tucson, he showed his car photos and immediately got assignment work in photography for advertising, which turned into a fulfilling career.

There was one more trip to Europe in '73 and '74 to work for Graham Hill and then James Hunt's Formula One teams.  Then back to the desert for good.  He landed in the black building on Sixth and Campbell and formed a partnership with the very talented Chris Mooney.  One of the best people, with a solid work ethic, Chris proved to be a great partner. Balfour Walker/Chris Mooney Photography, Inc. flourished during Tucson's boom years and did just fine during Tucson's slow years.  Right in the middle, there was 6 years of photographing aircraft interiors for Bombardier Aerospace.  

Balf’s work spans the spectrum – from aviation and architecture to food, optics and people, plus in-studio and on-location shoots. Over the year, he has had the pleasure to work with many of the best ad agencies in Tucson, including Taylor Advertising, Wettstein Advertising, Bolchalk Frey, Dubs Tyau, Boelts Brothers, Hilton Myers, LP&G, Strongpoint Marketing and Caliber Group. Together, they have won numerous awards, including Addys, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Best of Show, Judges Choice and Prisma.

“This is the only job I’ve ever had in my life. It’s a lifestyle. I go to sleep thinking about photography and I wake up thinking about photography. I keep up with the latest trends and technologies. I experiment. I love challenging assignments. This is my passion!”

Chris Mooney - 2017 / 07/26/2017 6:03 pm

Chris Mooney 

Born in Rochester New York, Chris’s childhood dream was to be an artist, with the camera as his medium. Not hard to understood since Rochester is the headquarters of Kodak.

Chris moved to Tucson in 1962 and graduated from Santa Rita High School. After graduating, he attended NAU and achieved a BS in Journalism in 1980.  Returning to Tucson after getting his degree, Chris pursued a freelance photography career, taught country swing lessons and worked at Payless Cashways as a yard salesman before finally working as a fulltime assistant at Balfour Walker Photography. In 1986, Chris partnered with Balf as Balfour Walker/Chris Mooney Photography. They now own a 5000 sq. ft. Studio/office space on N. 6th Avenue, where they also lease space to three other Tucson Photographers, Martha Lochert, Britta VanVranken and Jose Betran…a lot of photography talent under one roof! And as if photography wasn’t enough to keep him busy, Chris has also been a licensed Real Estate agent with Tierra Antigua Realty since 2009.

Chris’s clients cover a wide range of assignments, from shooting the sport of Rugby for Land’s End catalogs, to shooting iconic team photos for the University of Arizona Athletic Department. His most recent passion has been to capture the vast beauty of the American Southwest desert and the cowboys that work the remaining cattle ranches around Tucson.

Chris shares his passion of photography with others and has taught at Pima Community College, Art Institute of Tucson, and for the Digital Photo Academy of New York.  He has won numerous Addy Awards from The Tucson Advertising Federation over the years and has been a long-time member of the organization, including serving as the Official Photography for numerous Addy Award events.

Chris’s camera has provided him with the opportunity to experience exotic places, meet interesting people and make a living. It has also been a way to express what he sees and in his words, “Add some richness to the social fabric, not as a comment on life, but more as a reflection of how I see the world”.

Steve Lynn - 2017 / 07/26/2017 5:59 pm

Steve Lynn

Steve Lynn was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Phoenix, and moved to Tucson in 1964 to attend the UA. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Communications, Steve worked for Tucson General Hospital and the City of Tucson’s Model Cities and Community Development programs.

In 1984, Steve partnered up with Jeff Nordensson to form Nordensson Lynn & Associates Advertising, one of Arizona’s leading marketing communications firms.

After 16 years as CEO and owner-partner, Steve left Nordensson Lynn to serve as VP and Chief Customer Officer for Tucson Electric Power and UNS Energy Corporation, where he was responsible for positioning with regulators and overseeing customer service, corporate communications, market research, consumer relations, community affairs and government relations. After retiring in 2011 from UNS/TEP, Steve joined Strongpoint Marketing as Chief Strategy Officer.

Steve’s work has made impacts on  a wide range of organizations including governments, universities, national organizations and local non-profits. His early work experience of 13 years with the City of Tucson in leadership roles in community development, had a particular emphasis on issues related to poverty.

He serves on the Southern Arizona Leadership Council Board of Directors, is past Chairman of the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board (First Things First) and of the Downtown Tucson Partnership, and was a founding board member of Science Foundation Arizona. In 2009, Steve received an Honorary  Doctor of Letter degree from the UofA College of Social and Behavioral Science and the College of Education.

Steve has received many awards for his community service including Arizona Capitol Times “Leader of the Year in Volunteerism”, “Man of the Year” from the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the “Distinguished Citizen Award” from the University of Arizona Alumni Association and the College of Social and Behavioral Science. Steve was recognized by AAFT in 1994 with the “Advertising Professional of the Year Award”. 

Jackson Boelts - 2016 / 07/28/2016 12:00 am

Jackson BoeltsJackson Belts is an artist, educator, and designer. He was born in Denver, Colorado, where his mother, Carol Boelts, taught him watercolor when he was 12 years old and gave him his love of all things visual. He graduated from Colorado State University with a BFA and moved to Omaha, Nebraska to teach. However, after two of the coldest winters he had ever experienced, Tucson enticed him to move with the opportunity to earn his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona and the warm weather.

As a tenured professor at the University of Arizona, Jackson has taught illustration, digital illustration and graphic design to thousands of accomplished students, who have gone on to hold coveted positions with companies such as Nike, Landor, Bozell/NYC, Cartoon Network, Disney, Industrial Light and Magic, NBC and Sports Illustrated, to name a few. Encouraged by Ed Ackerley, Jackson served as the Faculty Advisor to the UA Student Ad Club for 5 years and his students won two awards for design in the annual AAF Student Competition for District 12. His involvement in the American Institute of Graphic Arts, as well as the Tucson Advertising Federation, including over 10 years overseeing the design of Addy collateral materials, exemplifies his commitment to the industry. Today, he continues to speak and judge at AAF competitions across the country.

In addition, through his own business over the past 30 years, Jackson has contributed his talents—pro bono—to many organizations in the Tucson community, including the Community Food Bank, SAAF, The Fox Theatre, The Humane Society, Arizona Arthritis Center, CASA, Travelers Aid, Compass Healthcare, Orts Theatre of Dance, Fathers Day Council, CODAC Behavioral Health, United Way, among others. His business was named the Inaugural Copper Cactus Award’s winner for “Best Place to Work” and “Community Service” for the work the business gives to our community. 

Jackson was recognized by AAFT with the “Advertising Professional of the Year Award” in 2003.

Rick Rose (Richard A. Rose) - 2016 / 07/28/2016 12:00 am

Rick RoseRick was born in NYC and grew up in suburban New York. Following graduation from the University of Denver's Film program, he was invited to join the prestigious Director's Guild of America in L.A.  Although this represented a tremendous opportunity, it required working in the highly structured Union environment of Los Angeles, so Rick reluctantly declined the offer, packed up his dog and everything he owned, and headed towards Tucson, where he had previously enjoyed filming the Tucson Rodeo for NBC.

Rick initially found a job shooting News for the local CBS affiliate, but found it to be too limiting in terms of creativity, so after 6 months, he left CBS and established Film Creations, Ltd. in 1977. Today, after more than 40 years in the business, Rick's film and television credits literally fill three pages (with really small type).

Rick has been a long-time member of the American Advertising Federation of Tucson and served as a board member for over 15 years.  In addition, he has served on numerous other non-profit boards including United Way, JFCS, and is a Chairman’s Circle member of the Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Rotarian, and a member of the DM50. For 5 years, Rick served as Vice-Chairman of the Tucson Film Commission under Old Tucson Studios founder Bob Shelton and is the youngest member ever appointed to the Commission.

Over the years, Film Creations, Ltd, has donated nearly $1,000,000 in production time to local non-profits and was awarded the prestigious “Copper Cactus Award for Community Service” in 2008.

In 2011, AAFT awarded Rick the “Advertising Professional of the Year Award” and in 2014, Rick was again recognized by the AAFT with their highest honor, the “AAF Silver Medal Award”.