Jim Hair has been making photographs since 1963 when he learned to print at the Naval Training Center Hobby Shop, in San Diego. His Uncle, Jack Wilkes, was head of Asian Bureau Life Magazine, stationed in China during World War Two, and the social documentary aspect of photography has always been important to him.
Photographic influences include Wynn Bullock, Edward Weston, Harry Callahan, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, August Sander, Henri Cartier-Bresson, W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Edward Curtis.
Photographs by Jim Hair have been published extensively including:
The Shigaraki Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art
The Vintage Ford Magazine
Oxford University Press
New York Times
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Los Angeles Times
Indiana Preservationist Magazine
American Academy of Arts and Letters
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