James Wellford is a photography editor and curator based in Brooklyn, New York. For 12 years he was the International Photo Editor at Newsweek Magazine where he collaborated on a number of projects that received top honors at the Overseas Press Club, World Press Photo, POYi, American Photo, Visa Pour L’images, PX 3, and NPPA.
He curates photography and multimedia shows that address topical issues in the world including most recently;
* “American Photography” for the Photographic Museum of Humanity. Winter 2015;
* “Under the Bridge” (reflections on Turkey’s political crisis) Photoville, 2014;
* “Remembering Liberia”. Photoville 2013. Brooklyn, NY.
* “Iraq 10 Years”. by Franco Pagetti. VII Gallery. Brooklyn, NY. 2013;
* “Dispatch from Tohoku: Documenting the Aftermath in Japan” New York, NY. 2012.;
* “Generation 9/11, Ten Years of War Photography after 9/11” The Hague, Netherlands. 2011;
* “Projections of Reality: Encounters with the (Un)Familiar” Moscow, Russia. 2010.
James has served as a jury member for the Tim Hetherington Trust Award, the PhotoPhilanthropy Awards, Visa Pour L’image, POYi, the Aperture Paris PhotoBook Award, and the Overseas Press Club and was a member of the 2012 World Press Masterclass in Amsterdam.
He is also on the advisory board of the Photobook Museum and the organization Social Documentary Network (SocialDocumentary.net) and is the co-founder of two groups SeenUnseen and Screen that are working on ways to create, support, and deliver powerful visual and narrative stories around the world. He is a Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan and a contributing photo editor to Foreign Policy and CNN.