Over the past decade, Australian born photographer Russell James’ images have become synonymous with provocative, unique perspectives of many of the most prominent people of our time in the worlds of entertainment, fashion and beauty. His works have appeared in leading publications such as Vogue, W, American and French Photo, Sports Illustrated, and have been published in ten fine art books and two solo books, including the three hundred page retrospective ‘Russell James’ (2009) by world leading art book publisher teNeues Publications. In August 2007, Russell was awarded the Hasselblad Masters Award, and in 2009 Russell joined the prestigious ranks of Irving Penn and Helmut Newton as a resident artist of Camera Work, the world’s leading gallery for contemporary photography and vintage master works.
Russell’s diverse photographic achievements range from exhibiting for brands such as Hermes in association with Guggenheim to breakthrough advertising campaigns for global brands such as Rolex, Donna Karan, Victoria’s Secret, Evian and Revlon, to emotional portraits of many of the world’s leading celebrities, musicians and supermodels, including Scarlett Johansson, Halle Berry, Gisele Bundchen, Faith Hill, The Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Barbra Streisand, Hugh Jackman and many more. He has been the subject of solo photographic exhibitions in New York, Berlin, Knokke (Belgium) and Sydney.
Russell is also renowned for his fine art project entitled Nomad Two Worlds, a series inspired by the global consequences of cultural collision. Nomad Two Worlds is informed both by Australia’s ancient past and by an unfolding, present-day political narrative and, after expanding to include other countries and cultures, has become a global example of cultural collaboration and reconciliation in action. Since its launch in New York in 2009 with the support of Donna Karan, Hugh Jackman and the Australian Government, the collection has previewed in Melbourne (2009, National Gallery of Victoria), Los Angeles (2010, Pier 59 Studios), and Berlin (2011, Camera Work). The Nomad Two Worlds “Haiti” collection is also supported by the Clinton Global Initiative (of which James is a member), and has recently been showcased in Haiti, Washington DC and London.
Russell’s first solo photography book ‘Russell James’ (2009), with forewords by Heidi Klum and Donna Karan, features some of Russell’s most iconic work with over 30 of the world’s most beautiful women and interesting people. It has been released in more than seventy countries. His second book entitled ‘V2’, with forewords by Victoria’s Secret President Edward Razek and Sir Richard Branson, was released by teNeues Publications in September 2010. Russell’s third book ‘Nomad Two Worlds’ (2012), with a foreword by Hugh Jackman, is a revealing biographic journey and features a stunning collection of the photography and collaborative artworks that have emerged from his fine art project Nomad Two Worlds.
In addition to photography, James is frequently engaged as a director. His commercial work includes national spots for Gillette and Victoria’s Secret. His own works include the short art film ‘Sardinia’ (2005), a trilogy of stunning films in the Nomad Two Worlds collection, and ‘The Apology’ (2009) a short film featuring Hugh Jackman and many others with music executive produced will.i.am. He has been the subject of a 30-minute ABC documentary in Australia, and has been a guest on Good Morning America, Oprah, Next Top Model, Access Hollywood and more in the US. In 2008, James hosted a nine part television series for VH1 entitled ‘The Shot’.
Originally inspired by the rich natural landscapes of his homelands in Western Australia, and influenced by the provocative fashion style of London, Paris, Tokyo, Stockholm and Milan, James has created a unique blend of fashion and extreme environment as his signature trademark. James can often be found shooting on the shores of Caribbean beaches, in the outback of Australia, and amongst the ice flows of the Arctic Circle (as well as the more civilized realm of dramatic architecture, designer homes and studios in New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris).
Russell James presently resides in New York City.