James Joiner is an award winning photographer, writer, director and producer focused on documenting culture, adventure, travel, and the environment. His journalism – visual and otherwise – has appeared in Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Vice, The New York Times, GQ, Esquire, the Atlantic, the Flyfish Journal, Outside, and more. Beyond that, he has an established reputation for documenting music that has grown into relationships working directly for artists as diverse as Modest Mouse, Phish, and the Head and the Heart. On the brand side, he has shot, written, or crafted editorial and social strategy for brands ranging from Converse, Patagonia, YETI, Land Rover, and Nature Valley to Warner Brothers, Hennessy, and KEEN. In his spare time, he has showcased his photography in galleries around the world and, owing to a passion for and commitment to environmental stewardship, assumed the role of ambassador for conservation non-profit 1% for the Planet.
Until recently a senior correspondent and video creative director for news and culture site The Daily Beast, which saw web traffic more than double during his tenure, mirroring the results he saw prior that while a senior editor at Esquire.com. Currently freelancing, he is often on the road combining his love of multimedia storytelling with a knack for partnering with the perfect outlet or brand to see his wild ideas come to life.