James Wall is a film, commercial and music video cinematographer who draws on real life experiences for inspiration in his lensing, He finds the beauty and the grit in natural situations.


The first documentary short James photographed, Dimmer with director Talmage Cooley, was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2006 after screening at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2016 James shot a feature with director Maria Govan. Play the Devil premiered at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival and was an Official Selection for the Camerimage 2016 Cinematography Festival in Poland.  


Other directors James has worked with include Matt Dilmore, Randy Krallman, Brian Lee Hughes, Doug Atkin, Michael Compte, Matt Lenski, Sunbeam, Adam & Dave, Daniel Desure, Dewy Nicks, Chris McPherson, Wonford St. James, Adam Groves, Malia James, James Frost and Anthony Sperduti.


James has worked on spots for State Farm, Apple, Comcast, Motorola, Comedy Central, Hewlett Packard, J. Crew, Doc Marten, Converse, Budweiser, VANS and MTV. Music acts he has worked with include Banks, Cee-Lo Green, My Morning Jacket, The Oh Sees, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Dum Dum Girls and Ty Segall.


James completed the cinematography program at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.


Born in Phoenix, AZ, the light of the desert, the shifting hues and shadows on the landscape, and the drama of monsoon season became a huge influence on James's camerawork. At age 18 he joined a punk band that played across the country and toured worldwide over the next several years.  He has traveled and worked all over the United States, Central America, Europe, North Africa and Japan. Witnessing a broader spectrum of locations, terrain and cultures opened his eyes to the possibilities of light capture and informs his work to this day. 


James Wall resides in Los Angeles, CA