Jim Berry's career in the visual arts began in Seattle where he graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in creative writing and photojournalism. Following his undergraduate work, Jim spent seven years as a general assignment newspaper photographer for The Albuquerque Tribune, The Aberdeen Daily World, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Seattle Times. In addition, he worked as a staff photographer for The Goodwill Games and was the team photographer for The Seattle Supersonics for two seasons. He attended both The Eddie Adams Photojournalism Workshop and The Missouri Photojournalism Workshop. His pictures have been published in newspapers and magazines the world over including Details, Outtakes, The New York Times and Rolling Stone.
In 1996, Jim was accepted to NYU's Graduate Film Program. There, Jim wrote, directed and photographed all of his student films and photographed over 30 other films and videos. In addition, Jim maintained a client list for his still photography that included The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York University, Deloitte and Touche, Red Letter Events, Time Out New York, and Swarovski.
In 1999, his short film script, Semmelweis, won a production grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Semmelweis was completed in 2001 and has since gone on to over two dozen film festivals worldwide. In 2002, Jim was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to write the feature length script based on the story of Semmelweis. In 2004, he completed a short film, Massive Arabesque, for Microsoft which premiered at Siggraph 2004 in Los Angeles.
Currently, Jim splits his time between Seattle and Portland, Oregon where he is making films, photographing editorial assignments and weddings, and completing the design of a graphic novel based on the Semmelweis story.
Jim Berry was awarded a Production grant at NYU in 1999 for Semmelweis