Internationally published and exhibited, award-winning photographer
James Gaffney is among the most versatile commercial and editorial image
artists in the metropolitan New Orleans area. He creates compelling and
eye-catching, cinematic-style storytelling images for a broad spectrum
of clients that demand uncompromising excellence. Camerawork also
includes shooting unit stills for feature-length, motion-picture productions,
most recently "Kickboxer: Vengeance" and "Dark Meridian."
His photographs have been published in the New York Times, Variety,
the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian (UK), the New Orleans Advocate,
the Times-Picayune and numerous other publications and magazines
throughout the world.
James has been behind the lens for 30 years first specializing in freelance travel photojournalism for news-service and magazine assignments that continue to send him around the world to report on cultures ranging from the Aboriginals of Australia’s remote Cape York Peninsula to the quixotic rhythms of modern-day Istanbul. During this time he also worked at The Times-Picayune (formerly New Orleans' only daily newspaper) for 21 years as a staff writer, staff photographer and automotive columnist and editor.
A longtime New Orleans resident, born and raised in Los Angeles, his award-winning fine-art photography has been showcased in numerous professionally juried international, national and local exhibits. His first solo international exhibit, which opened in 2015 in Tenerife, Spain featured photographs James has taken over the years of Southeast Louisiana's Isleños culture and people — descendants of the first Spanish settlers who began arriving in Louisiana from the Canary Islands in the mid-1700s.
James has authored numerous guidebooks including his latest, “The Food Lover’s Guide to New Orleans,” as well as “Daytrips from New Orleans” and “The Insiders’ Guide to New Orleans” (all Globe Pequot Press). He is a contributing writer for the guidebook “National Geographic Traveler New Orleans” (National Geographic Traveler). Television credits include writing/scripting the 13-episode series “Quest for Adventure” for The Travel Channel.