A native of Western Australia, Ty Johnson is a NYC-based creative director, filmmaker & photographer.

His first feature documentary Austin to Boston screened at BFI London Film Festival & IDFA in Amsterdam and is now showing on Netflix. He co-founded the live music video series Sideshow Alley and has photographed many well known musicians & music festivals.

Johnson’s career spans documentary, music videos, album artwork, digital advertising campaigns, interactive design, live promotion and photography, working for artists and brands including Mumford & Sons, Communion Music, Meredith Music Festival, Nike and Holden.

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Ty JohnsonTy Johnson

— CREATIVE DIRECTOR —

By day I design and direct online advertising campaigns and platforms. Working in this field for 18 years I've led many award winning projects across direction, design, production and development for a range of clients including; Nike, Samsung, Holden, Jetstar, Reach Foundation, Jay Jays, Westnet and Melbourne University.

For the past 18 months I have worked as an Associate Creative Director at R/GA in New York City. In this role I led the Nike Speed Drops super bowl campaign along with brand work for Samsung and Mercedes-Benz.

Prior to this I spent 8 years working with some of my closest friends at Isobar (Visual Jazz) in Melbourne, one of Australia's leading and most awarded digital agencies.

— PHOTOGRAPHER —

Away from agency life I maintain a number of independent music projects. Several years working within the UK music industry ignited a long term passion to discover, document and elevate the experience of quality live music.

Often found wandering around the world's greatest music festivals, for the past 5 years I’ve worked as a staff photographer for Meredith Music Festival & Golden Plains. Other festivals shot include; Eaux Claires, Laneway, Fuji Rock, Latitude and Glastonbury.

Since 2012 I have worked often as a tour photographer for Mumford & Sons. Along the way I’ve photographed other artists including; Bear’s Den, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Ben Howard and Bon Iver.

— FILMMAKER & CURATOR —

In 2010, together with Dave Budge & Selwyn Cozens I co-founded the music video production collective Sideshow Alley. Collaborating with a handful of talented film makers, photographers and sound engineers, the project captures performing artists in alleyways and rooftops of Melbourne and NYC.

In 2014 I produced and edited the film feature music documentary 'Austin to Boston' which screened at the BFI London Film Festival & IDFA in Amsterdam along with many other film festivals. This film is now available on Netflix and iTunes.

Between 2012-2014 I worked closely with Communion Music co-founders Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons) and Kevin Jones (Bear's Den), handling live promotion duties for the popular club night in Melbourne. This included showcasing over 50 local and international artists.

— ADVERTISING & TECH EXPERIENCE —

Associate Creative Director
R/GA, NEW YORK
2015 
— PRESENT

Senior Art Director
ISOBAR, MELBOURNE
2008 
— 2015

Web Designer (UX/Visual/FED)
WESTNET, PERTH
1998 
— 2003

— MUSIC INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE —

Co-founder / Producer / Director
SIDESHOW ALLEY, NEW YORK & MELBOURNE
2010 
— PRESENT

Staff Photographer
MEREDITH MUSIC FESTIVAL, MELBOURNE
2010 
— PRESENT

Staff Photographer
GOLDEN PLAINS FESTIVAL, MELBOURNE
2010 
— PRESENT

Live Promoter
COMMUNION MUSIC, MELBOURNE
2012 
— 2014

Web Designer (UX/Visual/FED)
MUSIC GLUE, LONDON
2006 
— 2007

Web Designer (UX/Visual/FED)
MAMA CO GROUP, LONDON
2004 
— 2007

— AWARDS & RECOGNITION —

FILM

Austin to Boston
Boulder International Film Festival - Winner (Best Music Documentary) (2015)
Monarch Film Festival (California) - Winner (Best Documentary) (2014)
IDFA (Amsterdam) - Official selection (2014)
BFI London Festival Film - Official selection (2014)
Nashville Film Festival - Official selection (2015)
San Diego Film Festival - Official selection (2014)
Visions du Reel (Switzerland) - Official selection (2015)
Sheffield docFest (UK) - Official selection (2014)
Louisville International Festival of Film (UK) - Official selection (2014)
Newport Beach Film Festival (UK) - Official selection (2015)
CBGB Music & Film Festival - Official selection (2014)
Naples International Film Festival - Official selection (2014)
Big Apple Film Festival - Official selection (2014)
Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival - Official selection (2014)
Docpoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival - Official selection (2014)
In-Edit International Music Doc Film Festival - Official selection (2014)
Dock of the Bay Music Documentary Film Festival - Official selection (2014)

PHOTOGRAPHY

Published in Rolling Stone, NME, Pitchfork, DIY, Billboard, The Age.
Representation through renown fine art gallery Rock Archive

ADVERTISING

Nike Speed Drops
Clio - Silver (2016)
Holden Designer Spark
ADMA - Silver Best Website (2011)
Cannes - Cyber Shortlist (2011)
Adobe - Site of the Day (2010)
Jay Jays Dance Off 3D
AIMIA - Winner Best Online Video (2011)
W3 Awards - Silver Best Fashion Website (2010)
IAB MIXX - Bronze Interactive Video/Online Commercial (2010)
CREATE - Winner Best website (2010)
Holden IQ
MADC - Bronze Best Digital (2011)
Holden.com.au
MADC - Winner Best Retail Website (2010)
Holden Cruze with Pink
W3 Awards - Silver Automotive (2009)
Holden Revolutions in Sport
W3 Awards - Silver Automotive (2009)
Holden Sportwagon
W3 Awards - Gold Automotive (2008)