Photographer and filmmaker James Stenson’s work has appeared in Marie Claire, GQ, UK & US Elle, Cosmopolitan, Time Out, Radio Times, UK & US FHM, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, Total Film, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Time, and Harpers.
He has also worked extensively for commercial, television, and film clients in both the US and UK, including Warner Bros., the BBC, UK Channels 4 and 5, HBO, NBC, CBS, Fox, the CW, Living TV, Sky Media, Waterstones, Crate & Barrel, the Arts Council England, and the English National Opera.
Stenson made his directorial film debut in 2011 with Kelly, an award-winning documentary feature about a transgender prostitute living and working in Hollywood. Kelly premiered at the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was an official selection at the Kansas City Film Fest, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Winner of the Best Drama Documentary Feature at the Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival, and Winner of the Spirit Award at the Los Angeles Awareness Film Festival. Other films include the documentary short, Breaking the Silence, the art house short, Reflections, and an upcoming feature documentary, The Side Effects of Sadness.
A graduate of the University of Wales-Newport’s prestigious School of Documentary Photography, Stenson was the winner of the Tom Webster Award and received high-commendation from the Observer Hodge Award. His work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, the Photographers’ Gallery in London, the Photo Gallery Cardiff, and the Impact Photo Gallery in Bristol.
Originally from the UK, Stenson now resides in Los Angeles, California, where he can be found on his favourite days hanging out with his wife and two sons, three dogs, and two cats.