James Whitlow Delano is a documentary storyteller and collector of visual evidence who has lived in Asia for over two decades. His work has been awarded the Alfred Eisenstadt Award (from Columbia University and Life Magazine), Leica’s Oskar Barnack, Picture of the Year International, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, PDN, and other awards for work from China, Japan, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and elsewhere.

His first monograph book, Empire: Impressions from China, and work from Japan Mangaland and Selling Spring: Sex Workers Story have shown at several Leica Galleries in Europe. “Empire” was the first ever one-person show of photography at La Triennale di Milano Museum of Art. Delano’s The Mercy Project / Inochi, a charity photo book for hospice, received the PX3 Gold Award and the Award of Excellence from Communication Arts. His work has appeared in magazines and photo festivals on five continents, including Visa Pour L’Image, Rencontres D’Arles, and Noorderlicht.

His monograph book, Black Tsunami: Japan 2011 (FotoEvidence), documenting the Japan tsunami and nuclear crisis, was released in 2013. Delano is a grantee for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and received the 2014 Festival PhotoReporter in Saint-Brieuc, France grant for work documenting the destruction of equatorial rainforests and human rights violations of indigenous inhabitants living there. In 2015, Delano founded @EverydayClimateChange, an Instagram feed where photographers from six continents share images documenting global climate change.

Last Updated: May 11, 2016