Jim Shea

Jim Shea

A New York native, Jim Shea began his photography career in advertising. Jim’s work soon led him to Los Angeles where he began photographing celebrities for the entertainment industry. His images soon began to appear on album covers, movie posters and in publications such as Rolling Stone and Interview Magazine.

Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Elton John and the Eagles are among the iconic recording artists he has photographed.

Photography has not remained Jim’s sole passion, however. and many will recognize him foremost for his directorial abilities. The evolution into directing came when record labels began recruiting Shea to shoot and direct music videos based on his inventiveness and extensive experience as a photographer with prominent musicians.

Whether on a Hollywood set directing Barbra Streisand or shooting Jimmy Buffett on a South Seas island, Jim is most at home when he is creating images, regardless of the setting.

As a director he joined forces with many of the artists with whom he had developed relationships through his photographic work, including Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Glenn Frey. His unique approach to video established him as a creative pioneer in the field.

Jim’’s music video experience led him back to his advertising roots where he began directing and shooting title sequences for Universal, 20th Century Fox and NBC studios as well as spots for Miller, Ford and Disney.

Jim has received multiple awards from such esteemed bodies as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, The Country Music Association and The Academy of Country Music.

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  1. Carly Simon & James Taylor by Jim Shea
  2. Merle Haggard by Jim Shea
  3. Linda Ronstadt, Hollywood 1977

    Starting at: $500.00

    The photograph was taken for the Linda Ronstadt "Simple Dreams" album cover on July 29th, 1977 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. The album packaging won a Grammy Award that year for best album package. Learn More
  4. Linda Ronstadt, Beverly Hills, 1978

    Starting at: $500.00

    The photograph appears on the cover of Linda Ronstadt's "Living In The USA" album. It was taken at my studio in Beverly Hills, CA on June 25, 1978. It was chosen from thousands of images that I had shot of Linda roller skating in a my studio and around Los Angeles. At the time the photograph was taken, roller skating had become popular and seemed like a perfect theme to accompany the title of the record ,"Living In The USA". Learn More
  5. Eagles, Beverly Hills 1979

    Starting at: $500.00

    The photograph was taken for the Eagles "Long Run" album on May7,1979 and appears inside the package. It's dramatic style was an homage to the artist Edward Steichen whose work inspired me to become a photographer. Learn More
  6. Earth, Wind & Fire, Hollywood  1980

    Starting at: $500.00

    The shot of the band Earth, Wind and Fire is from the album cover session that I did for the album entitled "Faces" for ARC/Columbia Records, released on 10/14/80. The session was shot at my studio in Hollywood, CA on May 9th,1980. The bands costumes were spectacular - they were very proud of the them. It was an honor to have one of the world's greatest R&B bands in front of my lens. The most difficult part of creating this photograph was determining where to position each band member. I was unaware of the hierarchy of the band so I had to ask the band's leader Maurice White his opinion. Learn More
  7. The Eagles by Jim Shea

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    this is an example! Learn More

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