Jim Alexander is an award winning documentary photographer who has spent over fifty years refining what he calls the art of documentary photography. A photojournalist, teacher, activist, media consultant and entrepreneur, Alexander has amassed an impressive collection of images of Black culture and human rights photographs. He has been on the scene at rallies, marches, festivals, meetings and various other cultural events, photographing people and events that have guided the course of African American history and human rights in the latter part of the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries. Alexander did not set out to be a great artist, there was nothing, and no one, in his early life that could prepare or inform him for life as an artist. He started taking photographs at the age of 17 in the U.S. Navy at a time when photography was not yet considered broadly as art. He had his first exhibit 16 years later in 1968. It was also the same year he graduated from the New York Institute of Photography, with a degree in commercial photography, (www.nyip.edu/alumni Our Famous Alumni). Since that time, Alexander has taught photography at Yale University, five other colleges, spent five years as photographer in residence at Clark Atlanta University, and was director of a youth photography program for four years. His work is in numerous major collections including the Smithsonian, and there is a portfolio of fifty-five of his photographs from the Jim Alexander Collection at the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta, on the UGA Galileo website. Alexander has had over sixty solo exhibits and is a 2006 inductee into The HistoryMakers. In 1995 when the city of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs began its annual "Master Artist" program, Jim Alexander was the first artist chosen.