Multi Local, National and International award winning Photographic Artist James A. Crawford's interest in art began in high school and further developed at Orange Coast College where he majored in Architecture and minored in History and Art. In 1966 while in Viet Nam he purchased his first 35mm camera. Upon his return to the States, Crawford lived and worked in Laguna Beach, Ca. pursuing an Architectural career while continuing to photograph and interacting with area artists. In 1976 James moved to San Luis Obispo to further his education at Cal Poly where he majored in Architecture and minored in Photography. Crawford states: " I have been greatly influenced by the Brooks experience because all my professors were Brooks Institute graduates. James continues to further his photographic education through yearly workshops with varied Master Photographers.
Crawford is the recipient of first place ribbons and Best of Show awards in several photography shows and publications MonoPix, SHOT! Magazine, New Times, SLO Life and Photo Techniques. Awards including 2nd place and (6) Honorable Mentions in the 2016 Moscow International Foto Awards, (3) 2016 FAPA nominations, 2016 International Photo Awards Honorable Mention, 2016 ND Magazine & Neutral Density Awards Honorable Mention, Black and White Magazine 2014 Excellent Award Portfolio Winner, 2014 Single image Award winner and 2013 Merit Award Portfolio Winner and has been displayed at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, The Preston Contemporary Art Center, Mesilla, New Mexico, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Co., L.A. Center for Digital Art, Cal Poly (SLO), Johnson Gallery, The Photoshop, San Luis Artist's Gallery, Gallery at Marina Square in Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo City Hall, Gallery at the Network-San Luis Obispo and San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. In 2005 I was the first photographer to have a solo show at the SLO Arts Gallery in Frame Works. Crawford's work also hangs in many private collections.
Crawford believes there is more to photography than looking through the camera and pressing the shutter. He says, " The camera is only part of the process. It's where your creativity leads on the computer, or the darkroom. It is not a mere image, it is an extension of your whole self, your whole being, the sum of all your experiences and the influences of great artists I admire." Some of those artists are Mondrian, Braque, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Klee, the Architect Antonio Gaudi and the photographers Eadweard Muybridge, Wynn Bullock and Paul Strand to name just a few. Crawford states that many artists are an influence. " I take little pieces from everything and everyone and meld it into my own vision and truth. Whether that's from Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Music, Photography or Literature." Not all of my images are intended to look like neither a classic photograph nor a painting. I have yet to find a classification, nor do I want it to be boxed, classified nor labeled.
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