James H Bollen specialises in portrait and urban photography. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, he has lived and worked in London, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. His work has been featured in publications including The Architects' JournalThe Asian Review of BooksThe Editorial MagazineThe GuardianHungry EyeICONIt's Nice ThatThe Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society ChinaThe Los Angeles Review of BooksMonoclePhoto District NewsPort Magazine, and Vice. He is currently based between the UK, Japan and Hong Kong, and is working on his next publication about walls in China, and on the next issue of See You, produced biannually, which will feature Hong Kong.

James is also available for portrait and editorial work. Please contact him at james@jameshbollen.com for further information.

Selected Press

Shooting the Breeze with Claire Milbrath for The Editorial Magazine:


Interview with It's Nice That Magazine about Jim's Terrible City:


Interview with The Los Angeles Review of Books about Wallpaper:



2017 Look/17 Liverpool International Photography Festival, April 17 -  May 14, Liverpool

2015 The Photobook Show, Athens Photo Festival, June 3 - July 26, Athens

2014 Really, Ray Art Center, May 25 - July 27, Shanghai

2013 Filter the Public, SIFC, October 25 - November 10, Shanghai

2012 Jim's Terrible City, James Cohan Gallery, July 29 - August 31, Shanghai

        The Photocopy Club, Beach London Gallery, February 2 - 5, London

        Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, September 7 - 9, Shanghai  

        Brighton Photo Fringe, October 6 - November 18, Brighton

2011 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, September 7 - 10, Shanghai    

2010 FotoGrafia Festival Internazionale di Roma, September 23 - October 24, Rome


Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

The British Library

The National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum