James Barkman is a commercial, editorial, and documentary photographer and multimedia journalist who is based in San Luis Obispo, California. 

His career in photography began as an extension of his fascination with both the human spirit and the natural world, leading to projects around the world and commissions with industry-leading companies in the outdoor space.

James's passion for honest storytelling and relentless drive for genuine adventure has led to a life spent in motion, with assignments and expeditions taking him from the Arctic Circle to Afghanistan. 

An alpinist, surfer, sailor, and motorcycle enthusiast, his life oscillates between the mountains and the sea. 


Harley Davidson / Penguin Random House / Thermarest / Cascade Designs / Mountain Hardwear / REV'IT! / Nixon / Allbirds / Breeo / Gestalten / Les Others / Iron & Air Magazine / Nomad / Tahmina / Stillhouse Whiskey / Highland Park Whiskey / Moment / Roadtrippers / Goal Zero / Poler / Huckberry / MSR / Coal Headwear / Hyperlite Mountain Gear / SITKA Gear


The Guardian / Men's Journal / Surfline / Playboy / REI / Huckberry / Field Mag / San Francisco Magazine / Icebreaker / Expedition Portal / Seager Co. / Overcrest Productions / Outside Magazine / Outdoor Life

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