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  • More than 20 years international experience as professional photographer in advertising, editorial, travel, fashion, jewelry and catalog production.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Over 15 years as a creative director, art director and visual consultant developing publications, commercial productions, documentary shorts, features and more for an exceptional range of clients worldwide.
  • More than 10 years international experience as an independent filmmaker working as a director, editor, writer and cameraman.
  • More than 5 years experience as an executive director for an educational non-profit.
  • Over 7 years experience as a digital media instructor to students  and educators.
  • Proven track record as a multimedia specialist with an extensive list of international clients.
  • Extensive background as art and creative director, team leader, and producer.
  • Experienced East-Africa photography and wildlife safari guide. 

Photographer, filmmaker, instructor, media specialist and travel guide for a wide variety of clients including major advertising agencies, news organizations, national and international publications, corporate, non-profit, and private individuals. Founded production studios for print, video animation and still media, develop documentary videos on a wide variety of topics and assist teenagers to find their own voice through the creation of youth organizations and alternative education techniques. Extensive travel in Africa, Europe, and Asia. 

Work experience


Documentary Filmmaker, Photographer

Anthony Carlson Productions

In Production:

Vessels of the Heart

The journey of the Earth Treasure Vases. Cynthia Jurs - 24 year mission to bury 30 sacred Earth treasure Vases around the world. Set in Australia during a thirteen-day, cross-cultural expedition to find sacred grounds for the placement of the last of 30 vases, the film features two pivotal Aboriginal leaders, Uncle Bob Randall and Auntie Margaret along with the insights of several journeyer's from around the world. Sacred and profound, reflections along the way illustrate who we are as inhabitants of Earth and suggest where we may be collectively headed.

Feature documentary films produced include:

  • Creative Brains, Gifted, Talented and Dyslexic:  the personal recollections and insights of ten accomplished people with dyslexia and what led to the development of their own special talents.                                                                                                   !portfolio/vstc1=page-8                                                                                    
  • Beyond Five Senses: an objective view of three women who claim to live as ET contactees. Interviews and segments featuring Michio Kaku, Jim Marrs, and Dennis Balthaser.                   !portfolio/vstc1=page-7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Natural Affinities: on the friendship between Ansel Adams and Georgia O'Keefe for The Georgia O'Keefe Museum.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Ready!, Emotional Intelligence In the Classroom: a federally funded dissemination program as applied to three charter schools in New Mexico.                                                                                    !portfolio/vstc1=page-6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • NarcoCultura: a short bio on artist Darwin Nix.                                                                                                                
  • Kids-First: exploring new tools for children of divorce for Anabel Jensen of                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • The Story of Embodydance Santa Fe: a unique dance organization that builds community through the languages of movement and music as spiritual practice.                                                             


May 20062012

Executive Director

Multipleminds Educational Foundation

Multipleminds Educational Foundation: an innovative, academic enrichment and multimedia learning company.

  • Co-Founded, principal instructor and curriculum developer.                                                                          
  • Developed and implemented innovative educational techniques for multimedia training to all ages.  
  • Designed, developed and implemented strategic planning.                                                                          
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization in collaboration with the board for the future of the organization.                                                                                                                                      
  • Managed staff, membership, budget, company assets, and company resources.


Oct 1997Sep 2000

Co-Founder and Creative Director

Co-Founder and creative lead for innovative Philippine-based online youth organization.

  • Co-created the first Asia-based teen online universe, from inception and launch to first round investment funding.
  • Directed in-house team of programmers, 2D and 3D animators, illustrators, writers, editors and teen content specialists to create communications and online resource center geared to media interests of teenagers worldwide.
  • received 500,000 hits the first month it went online.
  • Provided training to teen leaders and adult supervisors in, Photoshop, Premiere, 3D Max, Softimage, Acrobat, MS Office.
  • employed a full-time staff of 15 and part time crew of 25 teens under contract with several principal technology providers including: Intel, Hewlett-Packard and MTV Asia.


Mar 1993Sep 2000

Co-Founder, Creative Director

PowerPlay Interactive Inc.
  • Commercial media agency specializing in print, video and animation production.  A respected  production leader in Asia with clients in Manila, Hong-Kong and Singapore.                                          
  • Grew company from day one, developed marketing concept, business plan, and vendor sources. As primary designer, art director, photographer and video specialist, oversaw all production.              
  • Secured investment capital, managed staff development and daily operations.                                        
  • Conceived, designed, photographed and developed et al., a monthly retail publication for Rustan’s Corporation. Increased sales in Rustan's stores by 15% the first year of production.                                
  • Provided training to production staff in Photoshop, Premiere, 3D Max, Acrobat, MS Office and more.  
  • Produced, photographed and designed quarterly publication for Hyatt Regency Hotel.                          
  • Directed, produced and created television and theatrical release commercials for Henry Sy's SM Group.                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Clients included: McCann Erickson Worldwide, Intel Philippines, Hewlett-Packard, FF CRuz Construction, Shell Philippines and many others.



Principal, Photographer

Carlson Kane Studios

Co-founded and custom retrofitted a 4000- square-foot studio at 860 2nd Street in the SOMA area of San Francisco.

  • Large format and multi-camera special effects photography specialist; 35mm, 21/4, 4X5, 11X14 formats.
  • Provided original imagery for vast array of clients including: IDG Publications (PC World, MacWeek, SunWorld) Gumps, Haverhills, The Wine Spectator, Chalone Vineyards, Gulliver's Travels magazine (Tokyo, Japan) Hewlett-Packard, Monster Cable, Alfa Romeo Association, Grubb& Ellis and many more.
  • Jewelry photography specialist
  • Produced editorial, advertising and catalog photography in all available formats.
  • Photo studio host for ASMP chapter meetings and special events.


Mar 1984Sep 1989

Staff Photographer

The Sharper Image
  • Produced extensive array of studio-based medium and large format photography, multiple camera special effects, for electronics, sports and fitness, audio, fashion and jewelry products.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Photographed and co-developed concept, for first and second, award-winning limited edition Sharper Image jewelry catalogs.



Co-Founder/Safari Guide

Sengo Safaris/SWALA Tented camps

Sengo Safaris was a small travel outfit based in Nairobi, Kenya, I co-founded this with legendary wildlife guide Glynn Lewis. In 1998 Sengo merged with Tanzania-based Swala Tented Camps which continues operations to this day.

  • Driver, photography instructor, tour coordinator, directly responsible for the safety and visual entertainment of up to 16 passengers at a time.
  • Marketed safari services in local publications, area hotels and Nairobi YMCA.
  • Arranged permits and guide services, travel arrangements by land and air between Tanzania and Kenya.
  • Purchased vehicles and performed “bush” repair, routine maintenance.
  • Arranged special education programs with anthropologist Mary Leaky at Olduvai Gorge and Lion rehabilitation expert George Adamson at Kora Rock in Northern Kenya.



Susan Hadley

Tony Carlson is an exceptional entrepreneur with many skills and talents. I have been primarily associated with his work as a creative digital photographer. I would recommend Tony for any of your artistic and creative projects involving videography or digital photography . 

Annie Horkan

Meet photgrapher Anthony Carlson, who created for me a beautiful variety of portraits for my professional use. I am not one at ease in front of a lens, yet my photo shoot with Anthony was fun, while mutually creative and spontaneous. I found myself completely at ease while a participant in the creative flow, and gratefully responsive for his energetic coaching. His guiding voice pulls you out of yourself, and into the present moment of expression, wherein you can relax with whatever it is you want to portray. A photo shoot with Anthony offers an easy, inventive flow where the different  parts of yourself can shine. The end result is a unique portrait portfolio of captured moments expressing who you are, and what you want to say. I could not have done this without him. Anthony is also an accomplished videographer. He produced for me a promotional video for Youtube that was filmed in my home. The video has brought many positive comments, thousands of views and increased traffic to the site.

Donna Hazen

Tony Carlson has had an extraordinary impact on my students in the realm of teaching them how to purchase, maintain, and use professional software and technology.  Because of his incredible gift with students and his field of expertise, my students take professional photos for our senior class, community members, and members of the surrounding communities.  They have also produced DVD’s that have been recognized nationally.  With his help in marketing, photography, and video productions we produce a professional newspaper, professional DVD’s, and photography that has been recognized nationally.  My Roundup Technology students from one of the smallest school in the state of New Mexico have been recognized on the Career Clusters and Microsoft’s worldwide webs thank to concepts taught by Tony Carlson.

Eduardo Soler

“I've worked with Tony Carlson, and also watched his career expand over the years. His passion for his work has created advertising solutions for business locally and internationally. He is a people person, kind, very professional, and has excellent video and photography skills to take his clients to the next level.”


Dr. Michael Gamble

I had the pleasure of working with Tony Carlson on an important video project used in support of the launch of my first novel. The book is a techno- thriller and my sole directive (plea) to Tony was not to let me look and sound  like the stuffy old scientist I can be. Tony's camera work, background music  selection, and pictorial enhancements gave the pieces an eerie, dramatic feel  that amazed me and has delighted hundreds of viewers. I unreservedly recommend Tony Carlson for any video project requiring professionalism, insight, and a touch of class. Further, should you be lucky enough to have  Tracy  (his partner/stylist) contribute, you'll look fresher and thinner than you could ever imagine!

Thomas G. West

Creative Brains: Gifted, Talented and Dyslexic

"A beautiful and powerful documentary, clearly one of the best films ever made in this field."

"I worked with Tony on a video documentary called "Creative Brains" about the talents of dyslexia people -- partly based on books I have written. The camera work was expert and especially beautiful. The selection of material and editing was exceptionally good. It is probably one of the two or three best video documentaries ever produced on this subject -- in the US or Europe. Tony's work is highly recommended. -- Thomas G. West,." 

Jim Terr

I've worked in several situations with Tony Carlson and find him to be skilled, thorough, communicative, painstaking, artistic, and all those qualities that make for a good project and a good working relationship. Feel free to contact me if any questions.

M. Bradley Rogers. JR.

Creative Brains: Gifted Talented and Dyslexic

"This documentary is a grand slam home run! "

Liz Phillips

"I have worked with Tony on several photographic projects and find him to be incredibly professional, a pleasure to work with, and capable of delivering very high quality products. What more can you ask for?"



Up to 1100cc sport touring bikes.
Digital Media Instructor
Adobe Acrobat Pro
Canon EOS System
Panasonic AG100B
Garage Band
Sony Music Studio
Open Mind
MS Office Suite
Final Cut Express
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Premiere
Adobe Photoshop