James Pfaff (b. 1965, Glasgow, Scotland).

Forming a repository which continues to evolve throughout the years, James Pfaff's work is chiefly concerned with the documentation and reconstruction of the artist's own life and the outside world, a subjective essay on the human condition. Using a multidisciplinary approach and drawing on his extensive photographic archive and personal journals he expresses himself principally through the medium of photography, the rhythm and diversity of the works reflecting his life and art. The series Alex & Me (1998) is a point of departure. More Information: Download PDF.

Working since the 1980’s, he relocated from Glasgow to Hamburg, Germany in 1994 where he lived and was influenced by Hamburg’s St. Pauli district and its infamous Reeperbahn. It was during this period - in 1998 - that he would make the images that would come together to form his first artist's book Alex & Me/Danilo Montanari Editore (2016). 1998 would also see the first visit to Japan - a country that continues to inspire.

Moving to London in 2001 James continued to work and exhibit his own projects while working commercially. During this period, he was introduced to the artist Banksy and documented the artist at work in his then London studio and contributed two portraits for his book Wall and Piece/Random House (2005). One of the portraits was later acquired by The National Portrait Gallery in London (2007). The author of many other portraits including Eric Clapton, George Best, Malcolm McLaren, Daphne Guinness and Sean Ono Lennon his other editorial clients include, amongst others, Vanity Fair, GQ, ELLE, The Wire and The Face. Rolling Stone and Playboy magazine have both featured his work. Advertising, fashion and design clients include Nike (Wieden+Kennedy), First Direct (JWT), Clements Riberio, Courrèges, the Groucho Club and the Michelberger Hotel.

In 2015 James returned to his native Scotland, to Glasgow's west end, where he now lives and works. Currently, he is working towards his second artist book The Artist and Japan.

James teaches photography part-time at City of Glasgow College and is a mentor to both the New Photographers Guild (in association with Street Level Photoworks), Glasgow and The Cultural Enterprise Office, Glasgow.

In 2017 James was a guest-judge for the Fòcas Photography Prize.


*Working title/Work in progress.

UPCOMING TALK. Alex & Me. Edinburgh Photobook Club, Edinburgh Central Library, Edinburgh. 21st of November 2018 at 6pm.

Education.

Glasgow College of Building and Printing (City of Glasgow College), Photography.

 

Publications.

Alex & Me - Minigraph/Street Level Photoworks. 2018. Francesca Seravalle and Malcolm Dickson. Download PDF.

Alex & Me - Coda/Danilo Montanari Editore. 2018.

Alex & Me**/Danilo Montanari Editore. 2016.

**Best Photobooks, Bitume Photofest selection, 2016.

**Best Photobook selection, Erik Kessels, Cosmos, Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles 2016.

**Best Photobook selection, Stefano Stoll, (Images Vevey) 2016.

 

Permanent collections.

Harvard University, Fine Arts Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

École Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles, Arles, France.

Hellenic Centre for Photography, Athens, Greece.

Fotomuseum Antwerpen (FOMU), Antwerp, Belgium.

Aperture Foundation, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Gabriela Cendoya-Bergareche collection, Museum San Telmo, San Sebastián, Basque region, Spain.

International Center for Photography, New York, New York, U.S.A.

National Portrait Gallery, London, England.

 

Solo exhibitions.

GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL 2018: Alex & Me, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, Scotland 2018.

 

Group exhibitions/Events.

NIDA. International Photography Symposium, Nida, Lithuania, September 4-9, 2018. (Alex & Me - One Day? projection).

The Nuit de l’Instant 2018, Les Ateliers de l’Image / Centre Photographique Marseille, Marseille, France, 2018. (Alex & Me - One Day? projection).

The Photobook Exhibition, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, 2017, (Alex & Me book).

The 2017 Book Awards, Les Rencontres de la photographie, Atelier De La Mécanique, Arles, France, 2017, (Alex & Me book).

FORMATO LIBeRo, The artist book from Joseph Beuys to Maurizio Cattelan, Museo d' arte Adria e Delta (MAAD), Adria, Italy 2016, (Alex & Me book).

Real and Imagined Lives, M Shed, Bristol, England 2012 - 2013, (Banksy portrait).

 

Reviews/Essays/Features/Interviews.

Alex & Me - Minigraph/Street Level Photoworks. 2018. Francesca Seravalle and Malcolm Dickson. Download PDF.

Alex & Me. Photomonitor (Sylvia Grace Borda).

Alex & Me. Der Greif (Alan Eglinton).

Alex & Me. The Scotsman **** review (Susan Mansfield).

Alex & Me. Studio International (David Gibson).

Alex & Me. The List **** review (Neil Cooper).

Alex & Me. Glasgow International (Erifili Gounari).

Alex & Me. British Vogue (Louise Long).

Alex & MePhotomonitor (Dr. Katherine Parhar).

You Wouldn't Like It HereFrame Zero (Ria Torrente).

Alex & MeLa Repubblica.

Alex & MePHASES MAGAZINE.

Alex & Me. NOTES Letters to photography (Dr. Elizabeth Reeder).

Alex & Me1000 Words Photography Magazine (Natasha Christia).

Alex & MeColin Pantall.

Alex & MeGabriela Cendoya-Bergareche.

 

Selected Talks.

UPCOMING. Alex & Me. Edinburgh Photobook Club, Edinburgh Central Library, Edinburgh. 21st of November 2018 at 6pm.

Alex & Me. Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, Walk and talk. 2018.

Alex & Me. Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, with curator Francesca Seravalle and Tim Clark (1000 Words Photography Magazine). 2018.

Alex & Me: A primer. Recyclart Art Center, Brussels, (Extra Fort). 2017.

Alex & Me: A primer. Center for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, (Talk See Photography), with curator Francesca Seravalle and Dr. Elizabeth Reeder. 2016.

Alex & Me: A primer. Cosmos, Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles, with curator Francesca Seravalle. 2016.

 

Book launches/Book signings/Live painting.

Alex & Me. L'Ascenseur Végétal Bookshop at Galerie Bettina, Paris, with curator Francesca Seravalle. 2016.

Alex & Me. Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, with curator Francesca Seravalle and Dr. Elizabeth Reeder. 2016.

Alex & Me. Unseen Book Market, Danilo Montanari Editore, Unseen Photo Fair & Festival, Amsterdam. 2016.

Alex & Me. Cosmos, Tipi Bookshop, Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles, with curator Francesca Seravalle. 2016.


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