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Ajani Charles
Works at The Ark Media Group Inc.
Attended The University of Western Ontario
Lived in Toronto
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Great pics from #OVOKOTD #Blackout5  by HipHopCanada's own Ajani Charles (@AjaniPhoto)
Toronto, ON – By now you’re probably well aware that OVO-KOTD’s highly anticipated Blackout 5 event was a huge success; propelling the … Read More »
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I spoke to a 48 year old woman that's still trying to figure out what her true passion and life purpose are and realized how fortunate I am.
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Chief Executive Officer And Creative Director of The Ark Media Group Inc., Photographer, Marketing Consultant, Producer
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Social Networking, Consulting, Digital Strategy, Digital Marketing, Digital Media Production, Headhunting, Team Building, Project Management, RFP, Sales, Public Speaking, Copywriting, Photojournalism, Portrait Photography, Advertising Photography, Advertising Cinematography
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  • The Ark Media Group Inc.
    Founder, Chief Executive Officer And Creative Director, 2013 - present
    The Ark Media Group is a selective Toronto-based agency that specializes in digital marketing and media production for confident technology companies that strive to communicate their values during defining moments such as the launch of a new product or a rebranding phase. The Ark Media Group hires creative professionals who share the high standards to which both our clients and our company subscribe. As such, we work hard and mobilize all necessary resources in order to exceed our clients' goals.
  • a j a n i photography: digital image solutions
    Executive Director, 2007 - present
    Ajani Charles is a professional photojournalist, advertising photographer and cinematographer based in Toronto — the Canadian city famed for its cultural diversity and the creative dynamism of its artistic community. A graduate of the nationally acclaimed Claude Watson Arts Program, Ajani also apprenticed at the Toronto School of Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario and at 235 Films. The mentoring and rigorous training he received at these institutions fertilized his natural talent, shaping him into a versatile and always evolving artist who is well versed in portrait, editorial, glamour, fashion, documentary, product/advertising, architectural, landscape and fine art photography. For Ajani the camera is a medium for self-expression and photography the ideal art form for capturing the ineffable beauty of people, objects, and landscapes. Though his images bear the distinctive stamp of his unique regard and sensibility, his work evidences an eclectic panoply of influences which includes Markus Klinko and Indrani, Jill Greenberg, Yousuf Karsh, Ansel Adams, Alexander Rodchenko, Richard Avedon, Nabil Elderkin, André Kertesz, David LaChapelle, Steven Spielberg, Hype Williams, Zack Snyder, Martin Scorsese, Helmut Newton, Annie Leibovitz, Jamel Shabazz and Todd Anthony Tyler. Ajani is also the founder and executive director of The Young Visionaries — a Toronto-based photography and cinematography program, providing education to youth from the city’s priority neighbourhoods. What’s more, his work has been displayed at the Skills Canada Photographic Skills Competition where he was awarded a medal for the technical polish of his images as a teenager. His photographs have also been exhibited in such venues as the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, The New Era Flagship Store and the Koffler Gallery among others. In addition, Ajani has gained considerable notoriety in the Greater Toronto Area through his first photographic documentary, “Project T Dot” — a visual chronicle of the city’s Hip-Hop culture and community in its entirety through a wide-ranging collection of intimate and dramatic black and white photographs. In production since 2007, “Project T Dot” is currently scheduled for a late 2016 publication date. Ajani counts among his many and varied clients H&M, Universal Music Group, Christian Dior, The Torstar Corporation, BlackBerry and the UFC. His work has been featured in publications such as Jay Z’s Life + Times, Vogue and Design You Trust. Furthermore, he has photographed numerous icons and public figures including the likes of Drake, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Slash, Kanye West, Gene Simmons, Spike Lee and Dana White.
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Chief Executive Officer And Creative Director of The Ark Media Group Inc., Producer And Marketing Consultant
Introduction


I am a marketing consultant and producer with a background in fine arts, communication and philosophy.

I began my career as an advertising photographer and photojournalist. I am still very much involved in the profession and with as much enthusiasm today as in my early years.

After years in the trenches as a freelance artist, I founded a Toronto-based agency that specializes in digital marketing and media production for confident technology companies.

Besides having a great team, the success of my agency and photography company rests primarily on the fact that I am very selective in regards to the clients I work with and my ability to satisfy the needs of my clients in the most effective ways possible. 

I strive to creatively exceed my clients’ expectations and to elevate each brand that my companies represent.

My experiences and my outlook on life and on the world have considerably enriched my professional endeavours. I also love traveling and enjoy learning about and documenting various countries and their cultures.

I am therefore keenly aware of the wonderful diversity of humanity and complexity of the world in which we live. 

Such an awareness constantly informs my work as an artist, photographer, marketing professional and entrepreneur.
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I'm me.
Education
  • The University of Western Ontario
    Philosophy, 2003 - 2007
  • Earl Haig Secondary School
    The Claude Watson Arts Program (Visual Arts), 1998 - 2003
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John is a fantastic entrepreneur and one of the best corporate lawyers in Canada. He is very personable and clearly understands the massive paradigm shifts that have been created as a result of technological advances and the incredible entrepreneurial revolution that has helped to define the 21st century. With that being said, I had no choice but to hire him as my company's legal counsel and if you value the well-being of your enterprise, I recommend that you do the same.
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