Originally from Northern California, I currently reside in Portland, Oregon. I first started taking photographs in 7th grade, using a Yashica 44 which I bought from a classmate. While in high school my sports photographs were published in the now-defunct Sebastopol Times newspaper. 

Since then I’ve worked as a college English Instructor, a trainer for Apple, a military police officer, a bookseller, a photo lab technician, a clothes salesperson, a security guard, and a dishwasher. 

My early photographic influences were Edward Weston and Minor White, and I continue to be interested in White’s spiritual concerns about photography. Later, for a period, I became interested in photographers such as Art Kane, Robert Farber, Jay Maisel, Sarah Moon, and Joel Meyerowitz, and switched to color work, printing on Ilford’s famous Cibachrome. 

I continue to photograph in black and white which, for my approach, is more interpretive and metaphoric than color.

My writing has been published in B&W Photography, while my photographs have appeared in Photographer’s Forum, The Best of Photography Annual 2000, The Best of Photography Annual 2002, Popular Photography, and other journals.

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You can email me at james@bleifus.com.