James Carroll was born in Salt Lake City, UT in 1940. He spent his early years in Nevada, California, and Long Island and since then has lived in NYC.
In his 20s he was drawn to the story-telling power of BxW photography and studied with Albert Freed, a disciple of Sid Grossman’s. His teaching, with its emphasis on content and meaning, helped focus Carroll’s approach to photography.
He is mainly interested in people: who they are; their relation to each other; the interrelationship that exists between subject and photographer. Major areas of interest have included children, sub-urban teenagers (‘70s), county fairs and amusement parks, Fifth Avenue (‘90s), Central Park, and the new Times Square.
His work has been published by the New York Times, Population Bulletin, American Prospect,Venture, the Fresh Air Fund, the Ford Foundation, and by numerous college textbook publishers.
Trade publishers that have included his work are Time-Life Books and Eastman Kodak. Photographic publishers include Lightwork, Camera Mainichi (Japan), BxW Magazine, and LensCulture.
His work is in public collections including those of the University of Rochester, the Richard Dry Library of Buffalo, NY, the New York Public Library, and the Bibliotheque Nationale of Paris.
A past recipient of a CAPS grant (NYSCA) to photograph Westchester Co. teenagers, he was also a finalist for the Honickman First Book Prize (5th Avenue essay).