James Caulfield has been a professional photographer for more than 30 years, creating compelling images of people, places and things both here and abroad. His clients have included such brands as McDonalds, Sears, American INVSCO, Pleasant Company, Bon Marche, Boston Store, National Wildlife, Ferrero, S.C. Johnson, Perry Ellis, Kimberly Clark, Kraft, Helene Curtis, Burger King, Hart Schaffner & Marx, CBS, Land’s End, Levi Corporation, Jockey International, Bed Bath and Beyond, Alberto Culver, and many others.
In recent years, James has concentrated on food, beverage and architecture. His interest in architectural subjects grew out of his own efforts restoring a Fromann & Jebsen designed bank in Chicago, a mid-century modern home in Glencoe by the noted mid-century modern architects, Keck & Keck, and his repurposing of several industrial buildings in Chicago as studios in support of his advertising business.
His passion for preservation led him to volunteer his services to the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in Oak Park, Illinois, for whom he has documented the buildings on the Trust’s annual internationally-attended house walk, Wright Plus. There he met architectural writer Patrick F. Cannon in 2004, with whom he collaborated on five books:
Hometown Architect - The Complete Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois
Prairie Metropolis - Chicago and the Birth of a New American Home
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple
Louis Sullivan - Creating a New American Architecture
The Space Within – Inside Great Chicago Buildings
In addition to the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, he has donated images to the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, the Society of Architectural Historians, the Auditorium Theater, the Pleasant Home Foundation, the Paul Schweikher Preservation Trust, the Richard Nickel Committee, the Chicago Club, both the Clarke and the Glessner House Museums, Preservation Chicago, the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy, Harboe Architects and the Holy Trinity Cathedral Restoration Project.
James is currently at work on a new book project for the Chicago Art Deco Society tentatively entitled 'Art Deco Chicago' which will endeavor to showcase the top 100 best examples of the style relative to Chicago.