James Fraher — PHOTOGRAPHER
James Fraher's photographs have appeared on over one hundred fifty music recording covers and in publications including Irish America, Irish American News, Irish Arts Review, Living Blues, Guitar Player, Downbeat, Juke Blues, Soul Bag, Texas Highways, and in The Blues a documentary series produced by Martin Scorsese.
Fraher is the author of The Blues is a Feeling, Voices and Visions of African-American Blues musicians, Face to Face Books, 1998. Fraher has collaborated with Houston writer Roger Wood to produce two books published by the University of Texas Press, Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues, 2003, and Texas Zydeco, 2006. From 2006 to 2009 Pomegranate Publications published calendars entitled The Blues, photographs by James Fraher.
Fraher's photographs and posters are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Chicago Blues Archive at the Harold Washington Library Center, and the University of Mississippi Blues Archive, Oxford, MS. His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Ireland, Scotland, Italy and France.
James Fraher 's awards include the Keeping the Blues Alive Award presented by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN, 1996; Good Brick Award, Greater Houston Preservation Alliance, 2005; and Cultural Advocates of the Year, Houston Institute for Culture, 2004. Fraher has received Finalist, Assistance, Completion and Governors International Arts Exchange grants from the Illinois Arts Council.
Fraher has co-produced a number of music recordings including, The Lost American Bluesmen, Shadetree label; Big Boss Lady, Johnnie Mae Dunson, Lakada label, One's Own Place by flute player Kevin Henry and Farewell to Evening Dances by flute and whistle player, singer, Colm O'Donnell both issued on the Bogfire label. James Fraher has also produced Walk On! an acoustic blues cd with John Jochem on harmonica and James on guitar. In 2011 Fraher released a solo cd project titled Now or Never.
James Fraher 's projects in Ireland include A Day In The Life of Ireland, Collins Publishers, 1991. In 2002 he was the photographer for the Lough Boora International Sculpture Symposium and in 2008 at Sculpture in the Parklands, County Offaly, for the Laois Artists' Symposium 2005 at Emo Court and Finding Portlaoise, an artist intervention project, County Laois, 2007. Fraher's photographs are featured in two unique books, Stories from a Sacred Landscape, by Caimin O'Brien, Mercier Press, 2006 and Lumen Christi, by Dom Laurence Walsh OCSO, Cistercian Press, 2009.
James Fraher holds a BA in photography and an MA in media communications. He has been a photographer for over thirty years and taught university-level photography for fifteen years. He is a principal of Bogfire, a business specialising in graphic design and photography. He currently resides in Skreen, County Sligo, Ireland.
All photos © 2000 James Fraher. All rights reserved.