James Whitlow Delano

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James Whitlow Delano (born 1960) is an American reportage photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. He has published several books of photography and is known for black and white long term projects based on human rights, the environment and culture. Delano’s work, mainly from Asia and Latin America, has received many honors internationally including the Alfred Eisenstadt Award,[1] from Picture of the Year International,[2] National Press Photographers Association (N.P.P.A.),[3] Leica’s Oskar Barnack award (honorable mention),[4] PX3 (Prix de la Photographie, Paris),[5] Photo District News, American Photography,[6] Communication Arts[7] and others. His photographs have shown in galleries and museums on five continents[citation needed] and are held in the permanent collections of La Triennale Museum of Art,[8] and the Museo Fotografia Contemporanea[9] both in Milan (Italy) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.[citation needed]

His latest book project, The Mercy Project / Inochi,[10] which he created and curated was released in 2010 to help raise funds and awareness for hospice and palliative care in memory of his sister, Jeanne Louise Delano.

He is a co-founder of the Tokyo Documentary Photography Workshop (T.D.P.W.).[11]

Photo books[edit]

  • Empire: Impression from China[12] (monograph / Five Continents Editions, Milan 2004)
  • I Viaggi di Tiziano Terzani[13] (monograph / Vallardi Editions, Milan 2008)
  • The Mercy Project / Inochi[10] (Creator, Curator / Madosha, Tokyo 2010)


  1. ^ Alfred Eisenstadt Award 2000 winner and runners-up Colombia University News Apr 6, 2000
  2. ^ POYI 68 Winners, general division and freelance/agency stories (Sunday, Feb. 13), Science/Natural History Picture Story Picture of the Year International
  3. ^ Best Published Picture Story The best of photo journalism 2008
  4. ^ "Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2006", in "Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2007" (PDF), Leica Camera; archived by the Wayback Machine on 15 August 2011.
  5. ^ Exhibition Winners of Px3's Aftermath Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3)
  6. ^ James Whitlow Delano,Gallery American Illustration & American Photography
  7. ^ Delano, James Whitlow, List of winners Communication Arts
  8. ^ IMPERO-Impressioni dalla Cina La Triennale Museum of Art
  9. ^ Museo Fotografia Contemporanea
  10. ^ a b [1] Madosha (Japanese)[not specific enough to verify]
  11. ^ Tokyo Documentary Photography Workshop (T.D.P.W.)
  12. ^ Time magazine article Times
  13. ^ Fotografie di James Whitlow Delano, presentazione di Angela Terzani Staude Vallardi (Italian)

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