Jim Lommasson is an award-winning photographer and author living in Portland, Oregon. He received the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize from The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University for his first book, Shadow Boxers: Sweat, Sacrifice and The Will To Survive In American Boxing Gyms. Lommasson’s 2015 book Exit Wounds: Soldiers’ Stories – Life After Iraq and Afghanistan and traveling exhibition is about U.S. veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, and their lives after their return from war.
Lommasson is a 2012-2016 Oregon Humanities Conversation Project Grant Recipient for his public discussion “Life after War” and was awarded a Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant for his current project: What We Carried: Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization. What We Carried is an ongoing collaborative storytelling project with displaced Iraqi and Syrian refugees who have fled to the U.S. What We Carried was published in 2016 by Blue Sky Books, and was featured as an exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.
Lommasson is represented in the permanent collections at The Library of Congress, San Francisco Museum of Art, The Portland Art Museum, Yale University, Reed College, The George Eastman Museum, The New Orleans Museum of Art, Hallie ford Museum and The University of Washington.