Australian born New York-based Creative Director, Filmmaker & Photographer with 20 years of experience working in the US, UK and Australia.

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

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

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Ty JohnsonTy Johnson

— CREATIVE DIRECTOR —

By day I design and direct online advertising campaigns. Working in this field for 20 years I've led many award winning projects across direction, design, production and development for a range of clients including; Nike, Mercedes-Benz, Holden, Samsung, Sony, Jetstar and Converse.

For the past 3 years I have worked in New York City. Beginning as an Associate Creative Director at R/GA, in this role I led the Nike Speed Drops super bowl campaign along with brand work for Samsung and Mercedes-Benz. I am now currently a Creative Director at RYOT working in the publisher industry on branded documentary content.

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 7 years I’ve worked as a staff photographer for Meredith Music Festival & Golden Plains. Other festivals shot include; Boston Calling, 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; Arcade Fire, 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 —

Creative Director
RYOT, NEW YORK
2018

Associate Creative Director
R/GA, NEW YORK
2015 
— 2017

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, Billboard, NY Times and 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)