On assignment in Basra, Iraq Photo: Anthony Boocock

On assignment in Basra, Iraq Photo: Anthony Boocock

James Breeden

James Breeden is a freelance photographer based in Dallas, Texas. He is regularly commissioned by the international media including British GQ, the Mirror and the Sunday Mirror, The Sun, the Telegraph, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail and more.

"My career began in the United Kingdom in 2003 at my local daily newspaper, the Plymouth Herald, where I benefited from a solid grounding and tremendous mentors as a trainee photographer in an award-winning photographic department. I was then invited by the editor to join the Regional Newspaper of the Year, the Western Morning News, as a staff photographer. Highlights included an assignment to cover the Iraq war, embedded with the British army. I then joined the largest independent news agency in the UK, South West News Service, and started working for the major national titles on the biggest news stories in Britain.

In 2007 I was approached by Pacific Coast News with the offer to join them in Los Angeles as their Chief News Photographer. Assignments ranged from the wild fires of California, the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard, the death of Michael Jackson and the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Next I spent over four years working at Corbis. I covered hurricanes, tornados and civil unrest all over the USA, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Notable assignments included the extraordinary story of Jose Salvador Alvarenga, the castaway fisherman who spent 438 days drifting at sea, the longest in recorded history. I covered the gruesome murder of Alexandra Drbohlavova by Briton Alfred Saunders in the rainforests of Costa Rica. In the Dominican Republic I tracked elusive fraudster Michael Brown, a British Liberal Democrat donor on the run from justice in the UK. And outside Mexico City, my colleague Christopher Bucktin and I pulled off a stunning coup as the first journalists to be shown inside the infamous escape tunnel of notorious drugs lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman.

In November 2015 I decided to become a fully independent, freelance photographer. Based in Dallas, Texas, I am uniquely placed to quickly respond to breaking news using the experience I've gleaned over a long and successful career around the world. I live close to the world's third busiest airport with direct links both nationally and internationally."

Qualifications

HEFAT - Hostile Environment and Emergency First Aid (May 2016)

Press Photography, The Sheffield College

Lens Based Media, Plymouth College of Art

Professional Associations

The British Press Photographers' Association

The National Press Photographers Association