James was born in London. He now lives in Marseille, France.
His career to date has been very much a naturally evolving process of experimentation
in different genres of photography, from reportage and portraiture to contemporary documentary projects.
Working with this artistic freedom, unconstrained by pre-formulated ideas of what art is,
could be considered to be founded on an absence of classical training or education in photography.
Banned, a photographic essay he shot in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Taliban, received widespread acclaim
and he was the recipient of several international awards. Images from the series were exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Recently he has been concentrating on artistic landscape projects, his most recent of which - Lightscapes - was selected for the Hyeres International Festival of Fashion and Photography, in 2010.
National Portrait Gallery/Schweppes Portrait Prize
The Independent/Wanderlust/Nikon, Professional Travel Photographer of the Year
Observer Hodge Award
Fifty Crows Foundation Grant Winner
Villa Noailles, Hyeres
Melon Rouge Photo Festival, Cambodia
National Portrait Gallery, London
The Lowry, Manchester
Newsroom, Observer Hodge Award, London
Proud Gallery, London “Sometimes Words Are Too Slow” Forum Exhibition