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.
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.
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.