Russell James  (Australian) 

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Russell James (Australian, b.1962) is a beauty and celebrity photographer who also directs television commercials, music videos, and art films for Victoria's Secret and Gillette. James's photography is influenced by Australia's extraordinary light and open landscapes. His images combine the natural elements of air, water, earth, and sun. James attributes the inspiration in his work to the photographer Irving Penn (American, 1917–2009), who was one of the pioneers of the Fashion Photography Movement.

Before taking up photography at the age of 30, James had experimented with various careers including that of a police officer, a tradesman, and, earlier on at the age of 15, a metal worker in Perth, Australia. James sees these experiences as pivotal to whom he is today and a contributor of valuable insights that influence how he sees life behind the camera lens. In collaboration with indigenous artists from Australia, James began the artistic project entitled Nomad Two Worlds in New York in January 2009. Nomad Two Worlds has a two-fold mission. The mission is to collaborate with indigenous artists and to promote the beauty and rich cultural history of indigenous people worldwide.

James has no formal education in photography, but his talent has attracted many clients including Hermès in association with Guggenheim, Rolex, Revlon, and Ralph Lauren. His earlier series of works is captured in the retroactive art book Russell James, which was launched in 2009 across seventy countries simultaneously. Nomad Two Worlds is now a global exhibition and festival after over eight years in development. The photographer is renowned for his love for dramatic architecture and the environment, a passion that has led him to shoot in locations such as the Caribbean, the Arctic Circle, and the Australian outback.

In 2007, James was one of the twelve recipients of the Hasselblad Masters Award. He was recently appointed to the Clinton Global Initiative as a member. James's work has appeared in Australia's Next Top Model and America's Next Top Model, where he has also appeared as a judge. James is a leading photographer of the Fashion Photography Movement, collaborating with many similar artists and celebrities such as Tyra Lynn Banks (American, b.1973), Naomi Campbell (British, b.1970), and Heidi Samuel Klum (German-American, b.1973). James currently lives in New York City.

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Russell James, Rihanna

 

Russell James
Rihanna
2011

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Russell James, Karolina Backstage, Los Angeles

 

Russell James
Karolina Backstage, Los Angeles
2006

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Russell James, Fire in the Sky, Bahamas,

 

Russell James
Fire in the Sky, Bahamas,
2001

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Russell James, ROSIENecker Island

 

Russell James
ROSIE
Necker Island

2010

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Russell James, BROOKLYNNecker Island

 

Russell James
BROOKLYN
Necker Island

2010

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Russell James, SEXY (GISELE BÜNDCHEN)Los Angeles, 2003

 

Russell James
SEXY (GISELE BÜNDCHEN)
Los Angeles, 2003

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Russell James, RUNNINGMexico, 2006

 

Russell James
RUNNING
Mexico, 2006

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Russell James, OLUCHI BACKSTAGELos Angeles; 2003

 

Russell James
OLUCHI BACKSTAGE
Los Angeles; 2003

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Russell James, ALESSANDRA PORTRAITLos Angeles, 2007

 

Russell James
ALESSANDRA PORTRAIT
Los Angeles, 2007

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Russell James, Gisele, Virgin Gorda

 

Russell James
Gisele, Virgin Gorda, 2004
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Russell James, Grenada Yfke

 

Russell James
Grenada Yfke, 2005
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2005   Directed short film entitled "Sardinia"
2007   Recipient, the Hasselblad Masters Award
2008   Hosted the television series "The Shot" for Viacom’s VH1 channel
2009   Directed short film entitled "The Apology"
  Born: in Perth, Western Australia
  Currently lives and works in New York, NY
2011   Russell James, Camera Work, Berlin, Germany
2009   Russell James, Camera Work, Berlin, Germany
2009   Nomad Two Worlds Summer Opening USA, Keszler Gallery, Southampton, NY
   Russell James. New York: teNeues Publishing Group, 2008.
   V2. New York: teNeues Publishing Group, 2010.