“There is a sense in which the very act of recording an image objectifies the subject; however, the choice to dehumanize lies with the viewer."

Jim Gurganious

Photo by Jan Duga

Photo by Jan Duga

Jim's foray into the world of still photography was driven by a love for motion pictures. Thus, along with photographers like Gordon Parks, Richard Avedon and Yousuf Karsch, Jim also counts directors Jean-Luc Godard, Spike Lee and Bernardo Bertolucci as artistic influences.

Preferring to work with natural light as much as possible, Jim currently shoots with Canon full frame cameras. Whether working with professional models and actors or clients from other fields, Jim seeks a collaborative approach-giving direction when needed but also leaving room for self expression by the subject. 

Jim is a graduate ofthe University Of Maryland and Boston University's Center For Digital Imaging Arts. He believes his skills as a photographer increased significantly as a result of completing the program at CDIABU but also recognizes it was just a beginning. “It's important to keep striving for improvement. One reason I enjoy listening to Jimi Hendrix is that in various performances, you can hear him pushing to transcend what he did before. It's important to keep reaching...”

Jim Gurganious is an accredited member of the American Society of Picture Professionals