PHOTOGRAPHS BY JAKE CHESSUM AND JAMES HAR TLEY 8 FASTCOMPANY.COM FEBRUARY 2019
FROM THE EDITOR
headquartered in our makeshift studio at Manhattan’s
92nd Street Y, engaged and loosened up even the most cautious subjects. Hartley worked quietly to capture honest
moments behind the scenes. The results seem effortless.
Chessum and Hartley got a huge assist from Fast
Company’s art team. Celine Grouard, senior associate
photo editor, provided invaluable direction and support
to the photographers, translating my vague directions
to create “something unexpected” into the rich images
you’ll see in this issue. She also coordinated dozens of
additional photo shoots—of the nearly 200 panels, field
trips, and networking moments throughout the week-long event. Her colleague Maja Saphir and contributing
photo editor Daniel Salo processed some 20,000 photos,
all while researching and prepping art for the constant
stream of journalism we produce on FastCompany.com.
Photo assistant Daisy Korpics and contributing photo
editor Samir Abady were seemingly everywhere at
once with their own cameras, contributing thoughtful
images of speakers, panelists, and attendees at the Innovation Festival.
The sophisticated presentation of this photo portfolio is the handiwork of Alice Alves, our art director, who
works closely with associate art director Chelsea Schiff.
This small, dedicated team makes sure that every issue
of Fast Company looks elegant and inviting—and always
reveals a different, more personal side of business.
(left) and Jake
by each other
Since its inception in 1995, Fast Company
has sought to portray business and busi-nesspeople in surprising ways. Our focus
on innovation—as opposed to mere scale or
power—allows us to look beyond CEOs to
highlight a diverse set of visionaries, such as
the scientists, marketers, set and costume designers, and researchers featured on our most
recent annual Most Creative People in Business list. When we do write about corporate
chieftains, we go deep, exploring the private
moments that shape these influential people.
And yet, even by Fast Company standards,
the “Picturing Innovation” photo portfolio,
on page 46, is a revelation. Jake Chessum’s
and James Hartley’s images, shot at the Fast
Company Innovation Festival in October 2018,
show the dynamic, human side of business
figures that is so often overlooked. Chessum,