Samuel James is a photographer and teacher. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, he has worked in Nigeria for nearly a decade, mostly within the rivers of the Niger Delta. This has led to a range of work looking at the impact of the oil industry, including the essay "The Water of My Land," which received the International Center of Photography Infinity Award, the Overseas Press Club Olivier Rebbot Award, an ASME National Magazine Award nomination, and a special commendation from the Frontline Club of London, among other distinctions. He continues to work in the delta, and has received support from the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography and a 2016 Artists' Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. In the United States, his work often addresses issues regarding social marginalization and inequity, including the essay "Between the Dog and the Wolf," which tells the story of a sanctuary for abandoned wolf hybrids, and the U.S. combat veterans who serve as their caretakers. A frequent contributing artist for Harper's Magazine, he was most recently commissioned to photograph the 2015-16 English Premier League season, and Leicester City's unprecedented title bid. His editorial work has also been published by GEO, The New York Times, The Sunday Times of London, TIME, British Journal of Photography and Human Rights Watch, and has been featured in photograph magazine. He teaches at the Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice at Tufts University.
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