HAND BOOK: The Beginning of Politics
Words & Pictures by Jamie-James Medina
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HAND BOOK: The Beginning of Politics is a visual study of politics and politicians—a detailed look at the gestures and intimate retail maneuvers performed by the many candidates who competed to be president of the United States during the 2020 election cycle.

In every presidential election, the candidates and campaigns will declare their race to be “the most important election of our lifetime.” But in 2020, that declaration rang true. Joe Biden, the Democratic Party nominee, defeated Donald Trump, the Republican incumbent, on November 7th, 2019. On January 6th, 2020, the Capitol building was overrun by a mob of pro-Trump supporters, illustrating a valuable point: Elections have consequences.

The images and reporting in this book don’t tell that story; instead, I’ve tried to document the intimate connection between the candidates and voters. As part of the traveling press pool, I watched as candidates waved, shook and held hands, hugged, embraced, clapped, clapped back, pointed, posed, pushed, and pulled their way through a chaotic Democratic primary and into the general, where the field finally winnowed but the deadly pandemic rendered in-person retail politics impossible.

Photographed in key battleground states, covering 14 different campaigns, the candidates appear bathed in party colors - blue and red lights - or stark black and white, as if they have already been relegated to history. With a focus on gesture, the immediacy is amplified by cropped, close-up views, where these ambitious, immensely powerful people - appointed to negotiate domestic and international conflict - are framed as limp hands or floating heads: men and women, auditioning for the highest office in the land.

Together with original reporting, HAND BOOK attempts to illustrate the historic shape of the race through detail - an existential battle, with dangerous consequences. To capture those tiny, intimate moments that inform the selection process. That win or lose elections. This book is made of those moments. That is the beginning of politics.

~ Jamie-James Medina, 2021

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HAND BOOK: The Beginning of Politics
Words & Pictures by Jamie-James Medina
Role:
Agency:
Client:

HAND BOOK: The Beginning of Politics is a visual study of politics and politicians—a detailed look at the gestures and intimate retail maneuvers performed by the many candidates who competed to be president of the United States during the 2020 election cycle.

In every presidential election, the candidates and campaigns will declare their race to be “the most important election of our lifetime.” But in 2020, that declaration rang true. Joe Biden, the Democratic Party nominee, defeated Donald Trump, the Republican incumbent, on November 7th, 2019. On January 6th, 2020, the Capitol building was overrun by a mob of pro-Trump supporters, illustrating a valuable point: Elections have consequences.

The images and reporting in this book don’t tell that story; instead, I’ve tried to document the intimate connection between the candidates and voters. As part of the traveling press pool, I watched as candidates waved, shook and held hands, hugged, embraced, clapped, clapped back, pointed, posed, pushed, and pulled their way through a chaotic Democratic primary and into the general, where the field finally winnowed but the deadly pandemic rendered in-person retail politics impossible.

Photographed in key battleground states, covering 14 different campaigns, the candidates appear bathed in party colors - blue and red lights - or stark black and white, as if they have already been relegated to history. With a focus on gesture, the immediacy is amplified by cropped, close-up views, where these ambitious, immensely powerful people - appointed to negotiate domestic and international conflict - are framed as limp hands or floating heads: men and women, auditioning for the highest office in the land.

Together with original reporting, HAND BOOK attempts to illustrate the historic shape of the race through detail - an existential battle, with dangerous consequences. To capture those tiny, intimate moments that inform the selection process. That win or lose elections. This book is made of those moments. That is the beginning of politics.

~ Jamie-James Medina, 2021

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HAND BOOK: The Beginning of Politics
Words & Pictures by Jamie-James Medina
Role:
Agency:
Client:

HAND BOOK: The Beginning of Politics is a visual study of politics and politicians—a detailed look at the gestures and intimate retail maneuvers performed by the many candidates who competed to be president of the United States during the 2020 election cycle.

In every presidential election, the candidates and campaigns will declare their race to be “the most important election of our lifetime.” But in 2020, that declaration rang true. Joe Biden, the Democratic Party nominee, defeated Donald Trump, the Republican incumbent, on November 7th, 2019. On January 6th, 2020, the Capitol building was overrun by a mob of pro-Trump supporters, illustrating a valuable point: Elections have consequences.

The images and reporting in this book don’t tell that story; instead, I’ve tried to document the intimate connection between the candidates and voters. As part of the traveling press pool, I watched as candidates waved, shook and held hands, hugged, embraced, clapped, clapped back, pointed, posed, pushed, and pulled their way through a chaotic Democratic primary and into the general, where the field finally winnowed but the deadly pandemic rendered in-person retail politics impossible.

Photographed in key battleground states, covering 14 different campaigns, the candidates appear bathed in party colors - blue and red lights - or stark black and white, as if they have already been relegated to history. With a focus on gesture, the immediacy is amplified by cropped, close-up views, where these ambitious, immensely powerful people - appointed to negotiate domestic and international conflict - are framed as limp hands or floating heads: men and women, auditioning for the highest office in the land.

Together with original reporting, HAND BOOK attempts to illustrate the historic shape of the race through detail - an existential battle, with dangerous consequences. To capture those tiny, intimate moments that inform the selection process. That win or lose elections. This book is made of those moments. That is the beginning of politics.

~ Jamie-James Medina, 2021

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DEATH
SOUNDVIEW projects x LA opera
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Co-Director
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LA Opera

In 2020, due the pandemic, the Los Angeles Opera were forced to cancel their entire 2020/21 season and, instead, commissioned composers and filmmakers to collaborate on a series of short-films. Death is one of those films - a collaboration with Nadia Hallgren, the director of Becoming, the Emmy nominated Michelle Obama documentary on Netflix, and Tyshawn Sorey, the composer and MacArthur "Genius Grant” Fellow - and brings to life a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar, America's preeminent Black poet during the early 20th century.

Dunbar was born in Dayton, Ohio, on June 27, 1872, the son of two former slaves. His short and miraculous life ended at age 33, after a painful battle with tuberculosis. In that time, he wrote a dozen books of poetry, four collections of short stories, five novels, and a play, providing both a history and a celebration of Black life at the turn of the century. But it was “dialect” poems - employing the form and cadence of Black speech - that made him famous and when placed alongside his works of "literary” English, exposed the duality of the Black experience. Decades later, his work would inspire a new generation of Black writers, most notably Maya Angelou, who borrowed a line from Dunbar’s poem, Sympathy, for the title of her autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

Our film evokes death - the end of life, through Dunbar's poem of the same name. Published in 1903, the original text details its speaker’s seeming dread of each new day. Even as night feels like a daunting wilderness of “tangled deeps,” the speaker is haunted again by each new daybreak - a heart-wrenching realization. Matched with and inspired by Sorey's beautiful and transcendent score, a setting for piano and mezzo-soprano, the film works to capture the poem’s spirit and propel it further: sorrow, in the ascendant.

As Dunbar lay dying in his study on Feb. 9, 1906, he read 23rd Psalm aloud to his mother. His final words were “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”



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DEATH
SOUNDVIEW projects x LA opera
Role:
Co-Director
Agency:
Client:
LA Opera

In 2020, due the pandemic, the Los Angeles Opera were forced to cancel their entire 2020/21 season and, instead, commissioned composers and filmmakers to collaborate on a series of short-films. Death is one of those films - a collaboration with Nadia Hallgren, the director of Becoming, the Emmy nominated Michelle Obama documentary on Netflix, and Tyshawn Sorey, the composer and MacArthur "Genius Grant” Fellow - and brings to life a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar, America's preeminent Black poet during the early 20th century.

Dunbar was born in Dayton, Ohio, on June 27, 1872, the son of two former slaves. His short and miraculous life ended at age 33, after a painful battle with tuberculosis. In that time, he wrote a dozen books of poetry, four collections of short stories, five novels, and a play, providing both a history and a celebration of Black life at the turn of the century. But it was “dialect” poems - employing the form and cadence of Black speech - that made him famous and when placed alongside his works of "literary” English, exposed the duality of the Black experience. Decades later, his work would inspire a new generation of Black writers, most notably Maya Angelou, who borrowed a line from Dunbar’s poem, Sympathy, for the title of her autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

Our film evokes death - the end of life, through Dunbar's poem of the same name. Published in 1903, the original text details its speaker’s seeming dread of each new day. Even as night feels like a daunting wilderness of “tangled deeps,” the speaker is haunted again by each new daybreak - a heart-wrenching realization. Matched with and inspired by Sorey's beautiful and transcendent score, a setting for piano and mezzo-soprano, the film works to capture the poem’s spirit and propel it further: sorrow, in the ascendant.

As Dunbar lay dying in his study on Feb. 9, 1906, he read 23rd Psalm aloud to his mother. His final words were “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”



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DEATH
SOUNDVIEW projects x LA opera
Role:
Co-Director
Agency:
Client:
LA Opera

In 2020, due the pandemic, the Los Angeles Opera were forced to cancel their entire 2020/21 season and, instead, commissioned composers and filmmakers to collaborate on a series of short-films. Death is one of those films - a collaboration with Nadia Hallgren, the director of Becoming, the Emmy nominated Michelle Obama documentary on Netflix, and Tyshawn Sorey, the composer and MacArthur "Genius Grant” Fellow - and brings to life a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar, America's preeminent Black poet during the early 20th century.

Dunbar was born in Dayton, Ohio, on June 27, 1872, the son of two former slaves. His short and miraculous life ended at age 33, after a painful battle with tuberculosis. In that time, he wrote a dozen books of poetry, four collections of short stories, five novels, and a play, providing both a history and a celebration of Black life at the turn of the century. But it was “dialect” poems - employing the form and cadence of Black speech - that made him famous and when placed alongside his works of "literary” English, exposed the duality of the Black experience. Decades later, his work would inspire a new generation of Black writers, most notably Maya Angelou, who borrowed a line from Dunbar’s poem, Sympathy, for the title of her autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

Our film evokes death - the end of life, through Dunbar's poem of the same name. Published in 1903, the original text details its speaker’s seeming dread of each new day. Even as night feels like a daunting wilderness of “tangled deeps,” the speaker is haunted again by each new daybreak - a heart-wrenching realization. Matched with and inspired by Sorey's beautiful and transcendent score, a setting for piano and mezzo-soprano, the film works to capture the poem’s spirit and propel it further: sorrow, in the ascendant.

As Dunbar lay dying in his study on Feb. 9, 1906, he read 23rd Psalm aloud to his mother. His final words were “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”



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DEATH
DEATH
DEATH
DEATH
DEATH
Believe In More
NIKE x FKA twigs
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Creative Lead
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Studio1
Client:

Working alongside musician and cultural innovator FKA twigs as part of her STUDIO1 creative agency, we built an international campaign to launch NikeWomen’s SP17 Zonal Strength Tights. FKA twigs developed the creative concept, cast, directed and performed in the campaign, with STUDIO1 handling all messaging and campaign strategy. Nike’s bold partnership with FKA twigs and STUDIO1 worked to define the true nature of modern movement and introduced a new brand voice and sign-off: Believe In More.

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Believe In More
NIKE x FKA twigs
Role:
Creative Lead
Agency:
Studio1
Client:

Working alongside musician and cultural innovator FKA twigs as part of her STUDIO1 creative agency, we built an international campaign to launch NikeWomen’s SP17 Zonal Strength Tights. FKA twigs developed the creative concept, cast, directed and performed in the campaign, with STUDIO1 handling all messaging and campaign strategy. Nike’s bold partnership with FKA twigs and STUDIO1 worked to define the true nature of modern movement and introduced a new brand voice and sign-off: Believe In More.

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Believe In More
NIKE x FKA twigs
Role:
Creative Lead
Agency:
Studio1
Client:

Working alongside musician and cultural innovator FKA twigs as part of her STUDIO1 creative agency, we built an international campaign to launch NikeWomen’s SP17 Zonal Strength Tights. FKA twigs developed the creative concept, cast, directed and performed in the campaign, with STUDIO1 handling all messaging and campaign strategy. Nike’s bold partnership with FKA twigs and STUDIO1 worked to define the true nature of modern movement and introduced a new brand voice and sign-off: Believe In More.

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Believe In More
Believe In More
Believe In More
Believe In More
Believe In More
Sampha in 360° VR
In collaboration w/ YouTube
Role:
Director
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Client:

Working alongside production company m ss ng p eces, we worked hard to build an interactive and immersive music video experience that celebrated YouTube’s platform as a home for innovative 360-deegree VR content. Starring Adwoa Aboah, the resulting experience brought to life Sampha’s haunting and intimate ballad, (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano, while upending the viewer’s perspective and placement in the scene.

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Sampha in 360° VR
In collaboration w/ YouTube
Role:
Director
Agency:
Client:

Working alongside production company m ss ng p eces, we worked hard to build an interactive and immersive music video experience that celebrated YouTube’s platform as a home for innovative 360-deegree VR content. Starring Adwoa Aboah, the resulting experience brought to life Sampha’s haunting and intimate ballad, (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano, while upending the viewer’s perspective and placement in the scene.

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Sampha in 360° VR
In collaboration w/ YouTube
Role:
Director
Agency:
Client:

Working alongside production company m ss ng p eces, we worked hard to build an interactive and immersive music video experience that celebrated YouTube’s platform as a home for innovative 360-deegree VR content. Starring Adwoa Aboah, the resulting experience brought to life Sampha’s haunting and intimate ballad, (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano, while upending the viewer’s perspective and placement in the scene.

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Sampha in 360° VR
Sampha in 360° VR
Sampha in 360° VR
Sampha in 360° VR
Sampha in 360° VR
HUMAN BEING. Inspired by Bernie Sanders.
Jamie-James Medina x JIM JOE x BitTorrent
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Inspired by Senator Bernie Sanders and his monumental 2016 presidential run, I collaborated with artist and creative enigma JIM JOE, to design a campaign poster that felt honest and important. Partnering with BitTorrent, we made the image available as a free download in hi-res, giving the public full access to print, publish and distribute the images as they see fit.

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HUMAN BEING. Inspired by Bernie Sanders.
Jamie-James Medina x JIM JOE x BitTorrent
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Agency:
Client:

Inspired by Senator Bernie Sanders and his monumental 2016 presidential run, I collaborated with artist and creative enigma JIM JOE, to design a campaign poster that felt honest and important. Partnering with BitTorrent, we made the image available as a free download in hi-res, giving the public full access to print, publish and distribute the images as they see fit.

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HUMAN BEING. Inspired by Bernie Sanders.
Jamie-James Medina x JIM JOE x BitTorrent
Role:
Agency:
Client:

Inspired by Senator Bernie Sanders and his monumental 2016 presidential run, I collaborated with artist and creative enigma JIM JOE, to design a campaign poster that felt honest and important. Partnering with BitTorrent, we made the image available as a free download in hi-res, giving the public full access to print, publish and distribute the images as they see fit.

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HUMAN BEING. Inspired by Bernie Sanders.
HUMAN BEING. Inspired by Bernie Sanders.
HUMAN BEING. Inspired by Bernie Sanders.
HUMAN BEING. Inspired by Bernie Sanders.
HUMAN BEING. Inspired by Bernie Sanders.
The Tourist
Role:
Founder & Editor
Agency:
Client:

The Tourist works as an independent publishing house and newsprint publication, with a creative focus on music and travel. Delivering original photoessays and long-form journalism, the first issues featured The xx on tour across 4 different continents, as part of an ongoing collaboration, with sponsorship from VANS and Urban Outfitters. Other issues have profiled underground PUNK scenes and TEENAGERS, with exclusive coverage of Justin Bieber during one of his early tours through local malls in Europe and America.

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The Tourist
Role:
Founder & Editor
Agency:
Client:

The Tourist works as an independent publishing house and newsprint publication, with a creative focus on music and travel. Delivering original photoessays and long-form journalism, the first issues featured The xx on tour across 4 different continents, as part of an ongoing collaboration, with sponsorship from VANS and Urban Outfitters. Other issues have profiled underground PUNK scenes and TEENAGERS, with exclusive coverage of Justin Bieber during one of his early tours through local malls in Europe and America.

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The Tourist
Role:
Founder & Editor
Agency:
Client:

The Tourist works as an independent publishing house and newsprint publication, with a creative focus on music and travel. Delivering original photoessays and long-form journalism, the first issues featured The xx on tour across 4 different continents, as part of an ongoing collaboration, with sponsorship from VANS and Urban Outfitters. Other issues have profiled underground PUNK scenes and TEENAGERS, with exclusive coverage of Justin Bieber during one of his early tours through local malls in Europe and America.

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The Tourist
The Tourist
The Tourist
The Tourist
The Tourist
Hot Charity
In collaboration w/ XL Recordings
Role:
Founder
Agency:
Client:

Hot Charity exists as a Bronx-based record label, a subsidiary of the UK’s XL Recordings. With a focus on character-based artists and creativity, between 2012 and 2015, we were lucky enough to sign, develop, record and market the careers of artists such as RATKING, Willis Earl Beal & Single Mothers.

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Hot Charity
In collaboration w/ XL Recordings
Role:
Founder
Agency:
Client:

Hot Charity exists as a Bronx-based record label, a subsidiary of the UK’s XL Recordings. With a focus on character-based artists and creativity, between 2012 and 2015, we were lucky enough to sign, develop, record and market the careers of artists such as RATKING, Willis Earl Beal & Single Mothers.

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Hot Charity
In collaboration w/ XL Recordings
Role:
Founder
Agency:
Client:

Hot Charity exists as a Bronx-based record label, a subsidiary of the UK’s XL Recordings. With a focus on character-based artists and creativity, between 2012 and 2015, we were lucky enough to sign, develop, record and market the careers of artists such as RATKING, Willis Earl Beal & Single Mothers.

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Hot Charity
Hot Charity
Hot Charity
Hot Charity
Hot Charity
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HAND BOOK: The Beginning of Politics
HAND BOOK: The Beginning of Politics
DEATH
DEATH
Believe In More
Believe In More
Sampha in 360° VR
Sampha in 360° VR
HUMAN BEING. Inspired by Bernie Sanders.
HUMAN BEING. Inspired by Bernie Sanders.
The Tourist
The Tourist
Hot Charity
Hot Charity