James Marshall first made photographs as a teenager in his basement darkroom. After earning a BA from American University and then an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, James returned to his roots in photography and for upwards of 20 years has travelled the world in pursuit of great images.

Documenting cultures and global events as diverse as the return of Hong Kong to China, the reunification of East and West Germany, and Alaska's Iditarod sled race, his work has appeared in numerous international publications (see list below) and in addition he has produced several photographic titles.

As a result of having lived in Korea and Japan for six years as a child his particular interest is in Asian culture, although he has worked on 6 continents and in at least half of the U.S. states, including numerous visits to Alaska.

In 1987, James was director of Document Brooklyn, a project involving 60 photographers recording the City of Brooklyn, NY, for one full week, day and night, and sponsored by Chemical Bank. That body of work resulted in a traveling exhibition and is now in the collection of the City of New York.

In 1991, he was project director of Hong Kong, Here Be Dragons (Stewart, Tabori & Chang), a landmark book on Hong Kong in transition photographed by 10 photographers including James. This was followed in 1994 by A Day In The Life Of Thailand (Harper Collins), for which he was co-director. He subsequently produced and made pictures for another Harper Collins title, Planet Vegas (a portrait of Las Vegas), in 1995. He has also been a contributing photographer to A Day In The Life Of Israel (1994), A Day In The Life Of Africa (2002), and A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces (2003). His images have appeared in Jerusalem, In The Shadow Of Heaven (1995), and New Zealand, The Millennium (2002). In New England he has photographed 4 COMPASS AMERICA titles for Fodor's Publications and was a contributing photographer to America 24/7 in May 2003.