about jim

I began a career in photojournalism and television / film production in 1966, in a typically unconventional way ... as a paratrooper in Viet Nam. I carried a battered Minolta SRT-101 and a waterproof Nikonos with me everywhere. Influenced by Robert Capa and the photojournalism of W. Eugene Smith, my grunt's-eye view of the war produced some remarkable photographs; professional recognition and an unplanned career in photojournalism soon followed. In a very real sense - I grew-up in Viet Nam.

Over the years I diversified into film and television production and an eclectic mix of Travel, Editorial, Conflict, Design, Art, Music, Fashion and Glamour photography. Much of my photographic work from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Music, Fashion and Glamour is included here for the first time, along with rediscovered images from Viet Nam and Burma.

Filmmaker: Feature length theatrical documentary of Joan Baez on national tour, and Woodstock - "Carry It On." 1970.


Portrait: Tricia Lan Coyne

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