Russell James (born 1962 in Perth) is a fashion, celebrity and beauty photographer. Russell was born in Western Australia and spent much of his childhood moving from city to city due to his working class father. After dropping out of school at age 14, Russell got his first job working in a factory that made trashcans. After working in the factory, Russell held several odd jobs to make ends met before becoming a police officer, which lasted several years. After traveling to Japan and Sweden Russell arrived to the United States in 1989.
Russell James is most famous for his work as the main photographer for Victoria's Secret, but his work has appeared in a large range of magazines, including Vogue, Sports Illustrated, American Photo, W, Marie Claire, and GQ. James has worked with many celebrities and fashion models, such as Alessandra Ambrósio, Tyra Banks, Gisele Bündchen, Naomi Campbell, Karolína Kurková, Adriana Lima, Michelle Alves, Marisa Miller, Ana Beatriz Barros, Heidi Klum, Angela Lindvall, Fernanda Motta, Oluchi Onweagba, Miranda Kerr, Behati Prinsloo and Erin Wasson.
- Ellen von Unwerth, Raphael Mazzucco, Russell James (photographers): "Sexy" : A Tribute to a Decade of Sexy Swimwear, Victoria's Secret, 2005 (3 volumes).
- "From Famed Fashion Photographer To Social Entrepreneur: The Unlikely Story Of Russell James". Forbes.
- James's biography on his own site
- Hasselblad Masters of 2007