Jim Hanna has enjoyed photography since he was a kid. Over the years, the medium has become a means to adventure and insight, through landscapes, environmental portraits, aerials and panoramas in the United States and overseas. He has studied it formally at the International Center of Photography in New York, the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, and the Smithsonian in DC.

He was first inspired by his father's love of the art, who photographed early in his life with an $8 Brownie camera and later moved up to a prized Leica. By 1938, when his Dad was 25, he had traveled and photographed Panama, the Philippines, Japan and China. In the 1940s, he collaborated with Jim's mother in their small apartment in Detroit, where he carved out a darkroom in the kitchen to make some extra money photographing close-ups of marine engine parts and landing craft used in World War II with engines made by his company.

Jim has also admired the photography of many well-known photo titans. Foremost among them has been Arnold Newman, for his ability as an environmental portrait photographer to merge subject and surroundings into powerfully insightful images. Edward Steichen displayed so well how he beautifully merged painting and photography media, for example reflected in the MOMA exhibit of his 1895-1914 prints. Eliot Porter, possibly the greatest American color landscape photographer (especially his work on Maine), was able to produce simultaneously vibrant detail and serenity in his photos. And Edward Curtis, for his ability to capture the enduring historical moment and lifestyles of the Native Americans of the US West.

Jim lives and works in western Loudoun County, Virginia. After retiring from the World Bank in 2005, he established Jim Hanna Photography, L.L.C. in 2006. He continues to develop his digital photography through field work and regular seminars, and has had a number of his photos recognized in a variety of juried shows.

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