James Heil, "Untitled, 2011", 2014, archival pigment print, 13x19 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

James Heil, “Untitled, 2011”, 2014, archival pigment print, 13×19 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

James Heil

With understanding comes compassion.

Non-narrative driven, independent minded, investigative approach.

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James Heil (Woodstock, NY) is a documentary video/photojournalist. He has covered issues regarding labor, trade, politics, national morning, conflict, religion, sub-culture, migration and more. James has spent his life living and traveling across the colorful landscapes of America. From dairy farming in rural Wisconsin to running around the halls of the UN. Becoming completely independent at the age of thirteen he took up various trades, and continued to travelled throughout the great US, by foot, freight train, caravan and taking the time out to educate himself along the way. His interest in photography started on the tragic day of September 11. After witnessing the overwhelming disaster James was focus on using photography to fill in the gaps in our collective understanding of our fellow mans reality.

Heil began covering local life and events for a local paper in the upstate New York town of Phoenicia. Supporting himself through his work in construction James started independently covering national and international breaking news events, cultural and social economic documentaries.  Local notice led to his discovery and distribution by Redux Pictures. James has also been featured in such publications as Photo District News, Creative Quarterly, and Days Japan,

James received CPW’s Fellowship in 2007 and was selected by Howard Greenberg, founder of CPW and owner of the Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC. To view his fellowship portfolio, click here.