James Van Evers, Photographer

Act as the official photographer for Tavis Smiley on PBS, responsible for photographing guests appearing and performing on the nightly talk show. Distinguishes himself through his unique photographic vision and excels at capturing the singular moment of each interview and scene. His images tell a story and are cherished by the guests. The show's roster is comprised of internationally known authors, politicians, and celebrities. Past guests have included Larry King, Jay Leno, Prince, Will Smith, and President Barack Obama.

Selected to accompany the production of Tavis Smiley to the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. His images were used by both Tavis Smiley and the PBS websites to document convention milestones and events.

Experienced and gifted studio photographer who has produced editorial and print ads for a variety of national magazines. Previous production and editorial clients include BET, Sony Music, Warner Bros., Capitol Records, So So Def Records, Black Enterprise Magazine, Rap Pages Magazine, TV Guide, Simon & Schuster Publications, Kool Aid, Ford Motor Company and BARCO Uniforms.

Member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Commercial Photography from the Art Center College of Design.