Samuel James is a photographer and teacher. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, his career began in southern Nigeria, where he was influenced by storytelling traditions in Yorubaland and the riverine kingdoms of the Niger Delta. His work has looked at a range of topics, including the impact of the oil industry in the Niger Delta, the plight of abandoned wolf hybrids in the United States, and Leicester City's unprecedented 2015-16 English Premier League title bid. A frequent contributing artist for Harper's Magazine, he is the recipient the International Center of Photography's Infinity Award, the Overseas Press Club's Olivier Rebbot Award, a special commendation from the Frontline Club of London and an Artist's Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, among other distinctions.