The International Center of Photography announced their 2014 Infinity Award honorees, and former Cincinnatian Samuel A. James was recognized as “Best Young Photographer.” This is the latest in a host of honors for James, whose photography has focused most recently on impact of the dangerous, clandestine oil industry in the Niger Delta.
In addition to the Infinity Award, he received the Overseas Press Club Olivier Rebbot Award, a Special Commendation from the Frontline Club and was nominated for an ASME National Magazine Award and the Visa d’Or. He received a 2013 Getty Images Editorial Grant and was named “One of the 20 photographers to watch in 2013″ by the British Journal of Photography. Together with Gary Knight, he helped found the Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice at the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University in 2011, where he teaches non-fiction, narrative storytelling part of the year. He is a Contributing Artist at Harper’s Magazine.
Sam credits ArtWorks for introducing him to photography back in 1996 when he was a youth Apprentice. To view Sam’s stunning work, click here.