James Keyser began his career at Time Magazine assisting legendary photographers, such as, Carl Mydans, Arnold Newman, Neil Leifer, Eddie Adams and Walter Iooss.
In 1989 he set out on his own, and began to shoot full-time. Since then, his photographs have appeared in countless publications, including The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine and Business Week.
As an avid reader of history, literature and current events, Keyser has cultivated a diverse knowledge base. This has served him well in connecting with his subjects, such as, Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison, the historian Arthur Schlessinger, and the New York Yankee's manager Joe Torre.
James' love for food began on his many travel assignments Sweden, China, Soviet Union, Mexico, Africa, Korea, Thailand, Costa Rica, and Indonesia. Seeking out the local cusines continually stimulates his taste for exotic food and cooking. His love and understanding of food is clearly illustrated in his food imagery.
The years Keyser has spent restoring his 1840s West Village apartment and his 1880s Arts & Crafts summer cottage has honed his appriciation for the craftsmanship that it took to build these historic sites. His hands-on experience and his sensibility for understanding function and form is evident in his body of architectural work.