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Jim was born in Los Angeles in 1943 and has been growing up ever since.  As a young boy, Jim

enjoyed looking at pictures in National Geographic magazine.  This early pastime had a major

influence on his attraction to and involvement in the world of photography.

Having received a camera as a gift after high school and not having the grades to enter college,

Jim began taking pictures of whatever caught his mind's eye.  Reading, yes reading, and looking

at pictures in as many photography related books and magazines as he could get his hands on,

he became drawn to the magical, mystical spirit of the camera.  Every now and then, Jim would

get one of those gratuitous images that seemed to come from someplace else.

Deciding not to make a career of waiting tables and bartending in restaurants, Jim searched

out jobs assisting professional photographers.  In 1981, after a few years gaining the

experience needed, he opened his own commercial photography studio making pretty pictures

for advertising agencies, magazines, catalogs and actually anything that would bring in a buck.

During this time he continued creating photographs of his own vision for himself, mostly

photographing people in public situations in everyday life or what Jim calls, social landscapes.

Jim closed his studio in 2010.

Always packing a camera, Jim is still deeply immersed in photography scanning negatives of

the past, editing, working in Lightroom/Photoshop, printing and occasionally coming up for air.

During the past forty-five years, Jim has exhibited in some group and one person shows, been

written about in a few magazines and newspapers and won or placed in photography contests.

He considers himself extremely fortunate to have been involved in several fine art photography

workshops across the nation learning from and working with an "A-list of creative photographers

of the time."  Homage to Peter Schlessinger and Apeiron. (link) Thank you Peter and all

Aperionites.

Besides writing about himself in the third person, Jim likes to body surf and go hiking with his

Cocker Spaniel, Wilson.  Jim is still seeking those elusive points in time and is ever so grateful

for the adventures, opportunities and “friends along the way” the camera has provided him.

PRINT SALES:   All images in the “Personal” albums are for sale and available for license.

Please get in touch and we'll work something out.

FORMER COMMERCIAL CLIENTS INCLUDE:   ARCO • Ashton-Tate Corp. • Atomic Curve • Bijan

Fragrances • Carlson Marketing Group • Comprehensive Care Corp. • Cerno LLC • Danica

Furniture • Del Amo Fashion Center • Dillards Department Stores • Environ • Fluor Corp. •

General Telephone • Hobbs/Herder Advertising • The Irvine Company • La Opinion • Microtek

Inc. • Nils Skiwear • Plummers Furniture • Sandy Corp. • Sprint PCS • Surf City Garage •

Swinerton Builders • Taco Bell • William Lyon Co. • Zee Medical

COPYRIGHT:   All Images © 1968 – 2017 Jim Koch.  All rights reserved.  All photographs

appearing in this Jim Koch Studio website are the exclusive intellectual property of Jim Koch and

are protected under United States copyright law.  Photographs are not to be downloaded,

reproduced, copied, stored, manipulated or used whole or in part of a derivative work without

the written permission of Jim Koch.  No content is within public domain. The use of any image

as the basis for another photographic concept or illustration is a violation of copyright.

The photographic images in this site are not royality-free.

STUDIED:

1970 

Ansel Adams Yosemite Workshop

Yosemite, California

1972 

University of California, Santa Cruz

The Making of a Book Workshop with Beaumont Newhall

1974 

Apeiron Photography Workshops, Millerton, New York

Winter Resident Program

1975 

University of California Los Angeles

Creative Photography Seminar with Van Deren Coke

1975 

Apeiron Photography Workshops, Millerton, New York

Resident Staff Member, Summer Program

1976 

Apeiron Photography Workshops, Millerton, New York

Resident Staff Member, Summer Program

2002

Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California

Imaging With Photoshop

Digital Media Arts & Design

Advanced Digital Printing

AWARDS:

1972 

Nikon International Photography Competition

Third Place Award

1992 

Art Direction Magazine

Consumer Advertisement, single

Bijan Fragrances, Inc.

1993 

Art Direction Magazine

Consumer Advertisement, print

Bijan Fragrances, Inc.

1995 

Orange County Ad Awards

Distinguished Merit Award

United Way of Orange County

EXHIBITIONS:

1970 

Camera Work Gallery

Newport Beach, California

Group Exhibition

1973 

Laguna Beach Museum of Art

Laguna Beach, California

All California Purchase Prize Competition Exhibition

1974 

Newport School of Photography

Newport Beach, California

Group Exhibition

1974

Southern Illinois State University

Carbondale, Illinois

Apeiron Photography Workshops Winter Artist-in-Residence Exhibition

1975

Community Darkrooms Gallery

Syracuse University, New York

Presented by Light Work

Apeiron Photography Workshops Staff Exhibition

1975 

Laguna Beach Museum of Art

Laguna Beach, California

First All–California Juried Photography Exhibition

1975 

Newport School of Photography

Newport Beach, California

Two Person Exhibition

1976

B.C. Space Gallery

Laguna Beach, California

Group Exhibition

1996 

B.C. Space Gallery

Laguna Beach, California

Committed To The Light - Group Exhibition

1997 

Light Writing Studio

Santa Ana, California

Group Exhibition

2007

Amorviejo Art Gallery

Santa Ana, California

Group Exhibition

2008

2nd City Council Art Gallery + Performance Space

Long Beach, California

California Visual Artists Juried Exhibition

2008

Orange Coast College Art Center

Costa Mesa, California

Orange Coast Review Artists Exhibitition

2009

2nd City Council Art Gallery + Performance Space

Long Beach, California

2009 Members Exhibition

2010

Irvine Fine Arts Center

Irvine, California

Photographer’s Exchange Exhibition

2010

2nd City Council Art Gallery + Performance Space

Long Beach, California

2010 Members Exhibition

2015

B.C. Space Gallery

Laguna Beach, California

Group Exhibition

REVIEWS:

1979 

Artweek, October 20

1997 

Los Angeles Times, Calendar Section, February 25