Christopher James is an internationally known artist and photographer whose photographs, paintings, and alternative process printmaking have been exhibited in galleries and museums in this country and abroad.
His work has been published and shown extensively, including exhibitions in the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, George Eastman House, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Institute of Contemporary Art-Boston. Represented by the Lee Witkin Gallery in New York City for over two decades he has also shown at Pace-McGill (NYC), Contrasts Gallery (London), Michelle Chomette (Paris), Hartje Gallery (Berlin), and Photokina (Germany). He has published extensively including Aperture, Camera (Switzerland), American Photographer, and Interview magazine and in books such as The Antiquarian Avant Garde and Handcrafted: The Art and Practice of the Handmade Print (China).
All three editions of his book The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes have received international critical acclaim and are universally recognized by artists, curators, historians, and educators as the definitive texts in the genre of alternative process photography and photographically integrated media and culture. A significantly expanded 900 page/700 image, 3rd edition was published in 2015. Christopher, after 13 years at Harvard University, is presently University Professor and Director of the MFA in Photography program at Lesley University College of Art and Design. He received his Master’s from the Rhode Island School of Design and is also a painter, graphic designer, and a professional scuba diver.
In selecting jurors for the Festival shows, we want to work with artists who not only appreciate but embrace toy cameras and film photography, and who use toy cameras in their own work. STCF is thrilled to have Christopher James as our juror this year -- you can check out his varied work -- and his thoughts on the merits of plastic cameras -- on his web site.
Past Festival exhibitions have been juried by Isa Leshko, Meg Birnbaum, Lee Kilpatrick, and Aline Smithson.