Jim Reed is recognized as one of the world's most pioneering and accomplished extreme weather photographers. Jim has documented America's changing climate and record-setting storms for 21 consecutive years, including tornadoes, blizzards, ice storms, and floods. He has documented 19 hurricanes, including Katrina. He is currently doing interviews for TV, radio and print regarding Hurricane Sandy.
JIm's approach to weather photography has been singled out as one of the most unique and interpretive amongst photographers today. His credits include America Online, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Discovery Channel, Microsoft, National Geographic, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
In 2009, Jim was invited to The White House to discuss weather photography, storm chasing, and climate change with Pete Souza, chief White House photographer for President Barack Obama.
Jim is author of the critically-acclaimed photo book, "Storm Chaser: A Photographer's Journey" (Abrams, New York). He is also co-author of the best-seller "Hurricane Katrina: Through the Eyes of Storm Chasers" (Farcountry Press; with Mike Theiss).
Born in Albany, Georgia in 1961, Jim was raised in Springfield, Illinois by his mother and grandmother. He then attended the University of Southern California where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.
Jim's career as a photographer has its roots in his childhood fascination with severe weather. In 1969, when Jim was eight years old, he and his mother unwittingly drove through the outer bands of Hurricane Camille while returning from a family vacation to Florida. By age 11, Jim was shooting home movies of nature's wrath.
Jim's professional career began as a filmmaker and writer in Los Angeles in 1983, shortly after his graduation from USC. For the first eight years of his career, Jim found himself writing everything from TV commercials and music videos to feature articles and motion pictures. His spec screenplay "Trouble on 162" was purchased by producer Norman Jewison and led to a two year writing contract with Warner Bros. Pictures.
But despite his early success as a writer, Jim was drawn back to his childhood love of photographing storms. In 1992, he moved from Los Angeles to Wichita, Kansas where he turned his camera once again on the sky.
Jim's work has been honored by International Photography Awards, Photo Review, Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts, National Press Photographers Association, American Photography, Photo District News, American PHOTO, Applied Arts Magazine, New York Photo Festival, Prix De La Photographie Paris, Advertising Photographers of America, Editor & Publisher, and MSNBC Readers' Choice Picture of the Year.
Jim lives in Wichita, Kansas wih his girlfriend, New York Times bestselling author Jenna Blum, and Woodrow, their storm chasing black lab.