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James H. Black
Contemporary Photography
American, b. 1930
"Award winning Scottish born photographer James H. Black has captured beautiful images that are historically poignant and personally introspective. His pictorial work records simple human endeavors while embracing a comfort and a calm that is undeniably captivating. James Black captures people and objects at their best; at peace.

As a GI in the US Army and a resident photographer for the "Stars and Stripes" newspaper during the mid 1950's he was assigned to document American's occupation of Germany and Europe's revitalization in the aftermath of WWII. His mission was to seek out and showcase the good found throughout its spirited community and to provide an ease and hope for soldiers continuing to fight for the civil liberties of humankind. His work is in the process of being carefully selected and preserved with the foresight of providing critical records of Western European culture.

Today, the body of his work continues to "re-present" the innate goodness of people found in ordinary daily routine while his photojounalistic style delivers historical record. The simplicity and gentleness of his work resounds his own personal belief that 'the art of photography lies within the ability of capturing something beautiful and the process of revealing it to another.'" (Artist's statement by James H. Black)

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