Russell James is a fashion, celebrity and beauty photographer. Russell James is most famous for his work as the main photographer for Victoria's Secret, but his work has appeared in a large range of magazines, including Vogue, Sports Illustrated, American Photo, W, Marie-Claire, and GQ. James has worked with many celebrities and fashion models, such as Alessandra Ambrósio, Tyra Banks, Gisele Bündchen, Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova, Adriana Lima, Michelle Alves, Marisa Miller, Ana Beatriz Barros, Heidi Klum, Angela Lindvall, Fernanda Motta, Oluchi Onweagba, Miranda Kerr, and Erin Wasson.
Russell James’s works have become tantamount with the unique and stimulating perspectives of many eminent women from the worlds of beauty, fashion and entertainment. Photographic works by him have been featured in well-known magazines, such as W, Sports Illustrated, American Photo, Vogue, GQ, Esquire, Marie-Claire, Allure and have been included in books on fine arts, such as Russell James, 2010. It was published by teNeues Publications and displays photos in 300 pages.
It was his first photo book accompanied by forewords by Donna Karan and Heidi Klum. It featured some of his most prominent photography works with personalities, like Mary J. Blige, Kristin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Gisele Bundchen, and 33 others. The book has been released in markets of more than 70 countries. Apart from this one, V2 was another book by Russell which contained stunning and beautiful women with backgrounds of Necker Island. The forewords for this book were written by Edward Razek (President of Victoria’s Secret) and Richard Branson.
In 2007, he was given the Hasselbald Masters Award. Two years later, James joined as an artist resident at Camera Works, alongside esteemed ranks of Helmut Newton and Irving Penn. It is the leading gallery in the world for vintage master pieces and modern photography.
His diverse achievements in photography cover an array of works. He has exhibited for brands like Hermes in collaboration with Guggenheim to innovative commercial campaigns for brands around the world, such as Armani, Evian, Victoria’s Secret, Revlon, and Rolex. Russell James also made poignant portraits of world’s leading supermodels, musicians and celebrities, like Faith Hill, Halle Berry, Black Eyes Peas and many others. He has exhibited solo in Berlin, New York and Sydney.
He is famous for his fine art series, titled Nomad Two Worlds, stimulated by how cultural conflicts affect the world. It informs about the political landscape of today and ancient Australia. The book has become an example of action reconciliation worldwide. It was launched in 2009 in New York with the help of Hugh Jackman, Donna Karan, and the Government of Australia. The collection of photos were pre-exhibited in Victoria’s nationwide gallery, Australia. In 2011, it was exhibited in Berlin World Peace Festival.
Other than photography, Russell James also directed art films, like The Apology, 2009; and Sardinia, 2005. He was also the director of T.V. commercials, such as for Victoria’s Secret and Gillette. The talented photographer is also called on shows, like Access Hollywood, Oprah, and Good Morning America.
From 1987 until 1996, Russell produced his fashion photographs in exotic locations, such as Paris, Milan, Stockholm, Tokyo and London. He is fond of dramatic architecture, striking scenes and invigorating environment and is frequently found taking photographs on Caribbean sand beaches, Australian mountains, and in London, Paris, Los Angeles and New York.
Russell has photographed many fashion models and celebrities, such as Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Marisa Miller, Heidi Klum, Erin Wasson, Miranda Kerr, Fernanda Motta, Angela Lindvall, Oluchi Onweagba, Ana Beatriz Barros, Michelle Alves, Alessandra Ambrósio, Karolina Kurkova, and Gisele Bündchen. He has been a judge or a photographer at the Next Top Models event in Australia and America.
There is no doubt that Russell James’s work is provocative and innovative. He produces visually challenging works of photography and direction. His professional life revolves around celebrities, beauty and fashion.