An Interview with Graham Fink, Multimedia Artist & Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy & Mather, China.
Meet Graham Fink, a multimedia artist and the Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy & Mather in China. Graham is originally from London, but has lived in China for the past five years and has spent many creative years in the advertising industry. Below, he tells us about his current photography exhibition "Ballads of Shanghai" in London's Riflemaker Gallery and talks about the different approaches to advertising in Shanghai versus London as well as the importance of collaboration. He also shares a few tips for students hoping to photograph their study abroad city in a way that's not cliche and for those planning to launch a career in the advertising world.
CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about your background.
GRAHAM FINK: I was born in the UK (Portsmouth) and was very much the black sheep of my family. I went to art school as soon as I could leave school and studied painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and film. Then I got into advertising as it seemed to be a job where I could do all of these things. I worked with some amazing agencies, Saatchi’s, CDP, GGT, M&C Saatchi for many years and then I set up my own film production company. Here, I learned how to make music videos, commercials, and short films. I did this for many years, until I had an offer to go and run Ogilvy & Mather in China. I have been in China nearly five years now and during that time have also had five exhibitions of my artwork, comprising film, painting, drawing and photography.