James Fassinger has spent most of his 25 years in photography walking the streets of big cities and small towns photographing the interesting and often overlooked lives of ordinary people and the places that surround them. After graduating with a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University he spent 16 years living and working in the Czech Republic where he served as staff photographer and photo editor for Prognosis, the country’s first English-language newspaper and later, as a freelance photographer in the region.
In 2008 James moved with his family to the Metro Detroit area where he spent six years photographing and writing about the social, environmental and financial realities of the 2008 economic crisis, the Occupy movement across America and the effects of the auto industry collapse and subsequent bankruptcy of Detroit – the largest city in America to ever go bust.
James has since relocated back to Europe and now splits his time between Prague and Detroit. He is a contributor to The Guardian, The Times of London, Reuters, The Daily Beast, Truthout and The People’s Tribune. His personal work continues to focus on social and environmental change internationally, as well as the movements that encompass both these controversial issues.
His work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The European, Mint Press News, the Czech Lidove Noviny and El Pais of Spain. Limited editions of his hand-printed silver gelatin prints can also be found in collections throughout the United States and Europe.
James Fassinger | PRAGUE: +420 725 873 777 | DETROIT: +1 248 313 0713
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