"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know."   Diane Arbus


When I was seven, I believed that I could make time stand still with my plastic camera. That fantasy is still with me today. Later in life I began taking more intentional pictures with my Nikkormat 35mm film camera and enjoyed making black and white prints in my basement darkroom. I began working digitally in 2006 and continue to use both formats. 

I am self-taught but have been guided by teachers and mentors and the muses who inspire me. Photography is a passion, even an obsession, and like any other art-making it is a path to self-discovery. My work is diverse because I always want to learn something new. Landscapes and people inspire me and in particular how people interact with their environment.

Born in Chicago, I moved to Portland Oregon after college and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and its landscapes. The West is a place where people live in relative harmony with beautiful landscapes. My formal education includes bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in psychology. I like strong coffee, jazz and rock music, and reading about history and people. 

Contact Me
Jim Kushman
phone: 503.880.3681
email: jim@jimkushmanphotography.com

photo by Lauryn Hare Photography, 2017