Charlie Hamilton James

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Charlie Hamilton James is a world-renowned National Geographic photographer, filmmaker, and author known for his captivating work on wildlife and conservation issues. He was born in 1973 in the United Kingdom and grew up in the city of Bristol. His interest in photography began at a young age, after his parents gave him a camera for his 13th birthday.

Grand Teton grizzly bear and ravens
Charlie began his career at 16, working on David Attenborough’s ‘Trails of Life’ series for the BBC; before becoming a wildlife cameraman, working on series’ including Planet Earth and The Natural World. He shot and produced his first film at 26; ‘My Halcyon River’ was voted, by an industry poll, to be one of the top-ten wildlife films of all time.
Charlie’s television work has won numerous awards including Wildscreen, twice winning the Royal Television Society Award for Cinematography and BAFTA and EMMY nominated. He is currently working with Silverback Films in the UK shooting and directing a feature for Disney/National Geographic.
Vulture blood drop

Charlie started working as a photographer for National Geographic Magazine in his thirties and has to date shot thirteen stories, including two cover stories. In 2021, his coverage of the Serengeti filled an entire magazine issue, showcasing the changing dynamics of life for people and animals in the region. He has also worked on stories for the magazine in the Amazon, the US, and across Africa, covering topics ranging from bird cognition to rats. In 2022 he was awarded the ‘National Geographic Photographer’s Photographer Award.’

Charlie’s current photography work centres on a series of provocative fine art images titled ‘End Times.’ The images from the series document the current state of the planet, in bold, sometimes offensive and always controversial ways. They are designed to be both dark and funny and to leave the viewer with more questions than answers. Images from the series will be shown for the first time at Xposure.