James McCracken Jr. (b. 1988, Richmond, Virginia) James McCracken Jr. is an award winning and internationally published and exhibited artist and photographer based out of Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, James discovered photography as a medium to both capture and shape reality while serving in the United States Navy.
Through his photographs, James explores the trappings of our cultural identities and the disappearing vestiges of communities he has lived in from Brooklyn to the rural South. His subjects confront the camera with stark self-awareness and a sense of ownership and pride in their reality. James’ recent projects, Last Glimpse of Los Sures and American Beauty, have been exhibited in solo exhibitions throughout New York City, and many of the photographs are held in private and public collections.
James graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts and Communications, as well as a Master of Arts in Multi-Platform Journalism from Fordham University. James is currently a Masters of Fine Arts candidate at Columbia University.