View from Alsek Spit, Alsek River
Glacier Bay Nat'l Park, Alaska.
Soon after moving to California from Michigan, James began taking
photographs of the American West. Most photgraphs were taken
while backpacking in the high Sierra, running rivers
in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest, and on extensive
roadtrips. In 1973, Jimmy began James Henry River Journeys
and started intensively documenting the California, Oregon, Idaho,
and Alaskan Rivers that were the focus of his companys
river trips. Later exploratories in Mexico and treks
in Japan and Nepal expanded his cultural awareness and
With the desire to share his passion for wilderness
and photography, Jimmy began teaching photo seminars for
UCSC Extension in 1980 and shortly thereafter began
teaching for Pt. Reyes Field Seminars, and UCB Extension.
Workshop destinations have included Maine, Zion and
Arches National Park, Joshua Tree, Anza-Borrego, Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Wilder Ranch and Big Basin State Parks. Participants on Alaskan
River Trips are also able to receive informal instruction
while in the field.
Assignment photography has taken Jimmy to the Arctic for
the National Geographic Society and his stock photography
has been published in books, magazines, and newspapers
for the purpose of protecting threatened environments.