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Graham Fink

Chief Creative Officer / Ogilvy & Mather China

Graham started his career by dressing up as an old man.

After art school he went to look for a job at CollettDickenson, Pearce, then London’s top creative hotshop and was told they didn’t take students, although were looking for someone more senior. He returned the following day dressed up as an old man.

They hired him.
He went on to create some of advertising’s most iconic images and campaigns, including the epic British Airway’s ‘Face’ commercial with 3000 extras, directed by Oscar winning director Hugh Hudson. This commercial has been recognized as one of the 100 greatest ads of all time. Other work comprises Silk Cut and the surreal Benson and Hedges work, Ariston and on and on…
Graham is one of the most awarded creatives in the world.

Accolades include Cannes Lions (including a Grand Prix), D&AD Pencils, One Show Pencils, LIAA, EPICA. EUROBEST, British Television Arrows, Campaign Press and Poster Awards.

He has also won 4 BAFTA’s.
Believing in ‘Pervasive creativity’ he made a record in 1991 about John McCarthy's release from captivity in the Lebanon, it become a club hit.
In 1995 he started directing commercials and music videos for the Paul Weiland Film Company. London’s most successful production company.
In 1996 he became the youngest ever president of D&AD (Design & Art Directors Association) and was voted into D&AD’s Art Direction Book representing the world's top 28 Art Directors of all time.
In 1999 he directed “A short film Z’ for the Millennium, commissioned by Lord Puttnam and his film was shortlisted for a BAFTA.
In 2001 he setup his own company, thefinktank ­ a conceptual production company. His music video for Dario G’s hit ‘Sunchyme’ was voted best dance video of the year and nominated for a BRIT award.

Graham is passionate about nurturing young talent, so in 2005 he set up theartschool (which many people have called Britain’s most radical art school) to teach young people coming into the business of creativity, film and design.

He is also a prolific photographer and has shot many ad campaigns including the London Olympic Bid campaign, which was successful in helping London host the 2012 Olympic games.
In 2005 he moved to M&C Saatchi to become Executive Creative Director. In the six years that followed, the agency won the most creative awards during its 15 years history.

In July 2011 he made the dramatic move to leave London and become Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy China. Overseeing 17 offices.

In Cannes 2012, after just one year in charge, he picked up Ogilvy Asia’s first ever Grand Prix for Coca Cola, an ad he created with the help of Jonathan Mak a Hong Kong student who Graham spotted after seeing his Apple tribute logo to Steve Jobs.

This piece is now the most awarded in Coca Colas’s history.

Throughout all this, Graham has never lost his interest in Art and continues to photograph, paint and make films.

He is also still trying to master the art of chopsticks.

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Fiat Strada - "Handbuilt by Robots"

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Silk Cut - "Zulu"

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Cadbury - "Gorilla"

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Sony Bravia - "Balls"

adidas - "Just to the Signpost"<br />photo credit:

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Halo 3 - "Believe"

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Guinness - "Surfer"

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Dove - "Real Beauty Sketches"

The God Delusion<br />photo credit: Wikipedia

The God Delusion

Richard Dawkins

The Bible<br />photo credit: Wikipedia

The Bible

by God (well, in a way)

It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be<br />photo credit:

It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be

Paul Arden

The Tipping Point<br />photo credit: Wikipedia

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Malcolm Gladwell

Tragically I was an Only Twin<br />photo credit:

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Peter Cook

I Am That<br />photo credit:

I Am That

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

In Search of the Miraculous<br />photo credit:

In Search of the Miraculous

P. D. Ouspensky

The Road Less Traveled<br />photo credit:

The Road Less Traveled

M. Scott Peck

Wall and Piece<br />photo credit: Wikipedia

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Andy Warhol ''Giant'' Size<br />photo credit:

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Apocalypse Now

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The Wizard of Oz

Shanghai, China<br />photo credit:
Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

But not in July or August.

Puglia, Italy<br />photo credit:
Puglia, Italy

Puglia, Italy

Any time.

Paris, France<br />photo credit: Wikipedia
Paris, France

Paris, France

In springtime.

New York<br />photo credit: Wikipedia
New York

New York

Not in summer or winter.

London, England<br />photo credit: Wikipedia
London, England

London, England

On sunny days.

Beijing, China<br />photo credit: Wikipedia
Beijing, China

Beijing, China

On non smoggy days.

Cannes<br />photo credit:


On Lion winning days.

Cecconi's Mayfair London, England<br />photo credit:
Cecconi's Mayfair London, England

Cecconi's Mayfair London, England

My favourite restaurant in London at lunchtimes.

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art, New York<br />photo credit:
MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art, New York

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Quiet times.

Tate Modern, London<br />photo credit:
Tate Modern, London

Tate Modern, London

Not weekends.

Pablo Picasso<br />photo credit: Pablo Picasso
Andy Warhol<br />photo credit: Wikipedia Andy Warhol
Ai Weiwei<br />photo credit: Wikipedia Ai Weiwei
Salvador Dalí<br />photo credit: Wikipedia Salvador Dalí
Leonardo da Vinci<br />photo credit: Wikipedia Leonardo da Vinci
Caravaggio<br />photo credit: Wikipedia Caravaggio
Yue Minjun<br />photo credit: Yue Minjun
Louise Bourgeois<br />photo credit: Louise Bourgeois
Banksy<br />photo credit: Banksy
Man Ray<br />photo credit: Wikipedia Man Ray
Tetris<br />photo credit: Wikipedia


A classic. I spent millions of hours playing this. 

SimCity<br />photo credit: Wikipedia


The original game. I spent thousands of hours on this. 

The Ad Contrarian<br />

The Ad Contrarian


One of the most sensible things on the internet.

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Back to Vinyl - The Office Turntable

I love the analogue to digital juxtapositioning

Dave Trott's Blog<br />

Dave Trott's Blog

One of the best written blogs on the worldwideweb

Scamp Blog<br />photo credit:

Scamp Blog

YouTube<br />


Without it, the modern day creative would be fucked!

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Otters Holding Hands

I played this at my mums and dads golden wedding anniversary. Not a dry eye in the house.

Facebook<br />


Love it or hate it, it seems to be at the centre of everything. 

Internet Banking<br />

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Bank managers were never the same again.