Jim Witmer's success as a photojournalist, commercial on-location, studio, and fine art photographer is a result of decades of experience.
Throughout his thirty-five year career as a newspaper photographer and videographer, thousands of Witmer's images have been published in the U.S. and worldwide in newspapers, magazines, books, corporate annual reports, brochures and websites for editorial, trade and commercial uses, including Time and Life magazines, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, United Press International, and the Associated Press worldwide.
He is equally comfortable behind the camera in rapidly changing situations - be it a sporting event, a wedding or editorial coverage - and can seamlessly transition to a controlled studio for lighting a product illustration or a meaningful portrait.
Witmer's work draws its strength from his focus on the nuanced simplicity of moments and his intuitive search for light and form in order to provide images that are poetic, evocative and enduring.
His passion for artistic expression emerged through the study of masterful photographers such as Edward Weston, Irving Penn, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. He discovered the range of tonality achievable in print through the implementation of Ansel Adam's Zone System, which has strongly influenced the work he creates today with modern digital technology as well as a traditional darkroom.
Holding a B.F.A. from Ohio University, Jim has been named the Ohio Photographer of the Year (ONPA) five times, and the Regional Photographer of the Year (NPPA Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Indiana) three times.
Jim's work has been included in exhibits at: Viaduct Harbor Gallery Auckland, New Zealand; Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal NYC; Baker Center, Ohio University; Dayton Visual Arts Center; Rosewood Arts Center; Troy Hayner Cultural Center; Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, FL; Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia; Science Museum, London, England.
For optimum permanence of fine art prints, Jim utilizes only the highest quality archival media, including museum rag papers and inks as well as hand printed silver gelatin photographic papers processed by archival methods.