In a career spanning over 30 years, photographer, musician and author James Fraher has had his images published in Downbeat, Guitar Player, Irish Arts Review, Juke Blues, Soul Bag, and Texas Highways, and on more than 150 record covers.
His work can be seen in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Chicago Blues Archive at the Harold Washington Library Center, and the University of Mississippi Blues Archive. His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Ireland, Scotland, Italy and France.
Among James’ many awards are the Keeping the Blues Alive Award, presented by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, and Cultural Advocate of the Year, awarded by the Houston Institute for Culture.
Outside of music photography, he has co-produced a number of blues recordings and produced “Walk On!”, an acoustic blues record with John Jochem on harmonica and James on guitar.
He is the author of The Blues is a Feeling: Voices and Visions of African-American Blues Musicians, published in 1998. James has also collaborated with Houston writer Roger Wood to produce two books published by the University of Texas Press, Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues and Texas Zydeco.
At home in Ireland, James’ scenic photographs have been featured in two unique books, Stories from a Sacred Landscape and Lumen Christi.
James currently resides in Skreen, County Sligo, in the Republic of Ireland.