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Born in England, James Mountford lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied Fine Art at UCA before moving to Rome for eight years, swapping painting for picture taking.
While he lived in Rome, Mountford’s daily exposure to, and cohabitation with, ancient Roman architecture, monuments and sculptures permeated (perhaps unknowingly at the time), to later impact his current artistic practice. On his return to London, Mountford began a successful 16-year career as an internationally known and respected fashion photographer. He regularly contributed to Elle, Vogue, The Sunday Telegraph, i-D, Dazed & Confused, Art Review, Harpers Bazaar and 032C, capturing zeitgeist fashion moments that shaped the London fashion scene. Mountford collaborated with celebrities, luxury brands Dior and Chanel, and shot campaigns for international fashion giants: Theory, Helmut Lang, Swarovski and Wooyoungmi.
Wishing to re-engage with his earlier fine art objectives, Mountford left the fashion world to behind. His first solo exhibition ‘Female’ in London was launched in conjunction with a limited edition book (foreword by Mat Collishaw). This body of work, an exploration of the mutable human form, inaugurated a signature practice which uses blind multiple exposures and self-made cameras. The results are onanistic, raw, un-retouched where all premeditated compositions are discarded. Mountford has extended this recording habit into 3 dimensional form-making and life-casting, using hydrocal, stone and bronze.