Geoffrey James

La Campagna Romana

Status: Sold Out

Geoffrey James (b. 1942, St. Asaph, Wales) is a photographer based in Toronto. Recognized as an eloquent interpreter of landscape with his panoramic and large-format cameras, James has been taking photographs since the early 1970s. In the 1980s, his series on historical gardens in France and Italy investigated the overlap of beauty and rationality in the landscape and the shaping hand of human thought. In the 1990s he turned to making images with a less optimistic outlook on the ruined, intrusive landscapes of asbestos mining in Quebec and the brutalist US/Mexico border fence in southern California. More recently he has followed with examinations of suburban and urban landscape.

James was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire, and at Wadham College, Oxford, where he graduated with a degree in modern history in 1964. In 1966, James moved to Canada; working for several years as associate editor of Time magazine in Montreal from 1967-1975; as head of the Visual Arts, film and Video section of the Canada Council, Ottawa from 1975-1982; and on various independent freelance projects. From 1982- 1984 James continued photographing while working as a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa.

Geoffrey James is a Fellow of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, New York. He is the recipient of the Victor Lynch Staunton Prize of the Canada Council, the Roloff Beny Foundation Photography Book Award and has received the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation Prize. James is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy.