Working-class photographer from the South Side of Chicago documenting the inner city since 2017. Every photo in my body of work is shot in Chicago. I am a resident of Chicago and my entire collection of work is a showcase of Chicago.
In 2020, as a result of being laid off due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, I found the time and motivation to create this website. I also began printing and selling my work for the first time. I can't predict what the future holds for this project, I just know that four years ago I picked up a camera and have yet to put it down.
Ranked 6th Best Chicago Street Photographer of 2021 by Peerspace
"The mission statement of Brian James on his website states, “…Preserving history, telling stories, and documenting lives while highlighting issues of homelessness, addiction, injustice, and poverty.” James stays true to this goal. His portfolio is drenched in bleak tones, dominated by flattened compositions, placing in the foreground the tired, poverty-stricken, dejected protagonists of the city.
We see a marginalized section of people trapped amidst dilapidated structures and garbage strewn streets. Even the glorious graffiti spread across this neighborhood takes on a melancholic aura through James’s lens. James, himself an insider in this world, gives us a powerful slice of reality."