James McCracken Jr. (b. 1988, Richmond, Virginia) is photo-based artist, visual storyteller, and collector of things. James’ work often explores the trappings of our cultural identities and the vestiges of communities that he has lived in. He uses visual storytelling to address themes of political and social justice, along with investigations of family, religion, community, and the home. James uses photography, and his love for books, as a cornerstone for much of his work. However, his installations involve sculpture, video, printmaking, and found objects to create a narrative that reframes his experiences with systems of control and opens new possibilities of reform.
James is currently a Brooklyn based artist who has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally. Many of his photographs are held in private and public collections. James holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University (Visual Arts), Master of Arts degree (Multi-Platform Journalism) and Bachelor of Arts (double majoring in Visual Arts and Communications) from Fordham University.