Stark was attracted to the Bohemian life from an early age. In his teens
he was listening to Jazz and Old Blues and became interested in the Beats.
Upon discharge from the Army in 1966 he moved to New York Citys
Lower East Side and became a part of the would become the “Hippie” scene.
Before the Summer of Love the Lower East Side consisted of disenfranchised
artists, radical politicos and people who wanted little to do with corporate
society. After the Summer of Love left its destructive excess
and the Hippies went back to mom and dad to becomes yuppies James moved
back to California and settled in San Francisco.
For the next several years in San Francisco he continued to make art working
in film, painting and photography. In 1976 he met up with some people
who were starting a rock n roll band and needed some photographs.
This began a relationship with the band Crime creating their logo, posters
and continuing to take photographs of the band. This turned out to be
the beginnings of a new era of rock n roll to be called punk. He
was soon documenting the scene with his photographs appearing in several
publications of the era and published a well received book about those
times call Punk77. His new book, The Band Crime, Punk77
Revisited, was released in latter part of 2009, published by Last
the punk scene lost its terror and was taken over by the suburban crowd
James moved on to other pursuits; motorcycles, painting and a continued
exploration of photography. In the late eighties he became interested
in industrial/city/urban landscapes. Out of this time came his altered
colorized urban cityscapes. After the dot com boom forced him out of the
city he ended up in the rural San Joaquin Valley transposing his unique
vision on the rural landscape.
Stark has been photographing for close to Forty years. His web site, www.jamesstark.com,
contains several portfolios spanning this time period. From the streets
of New York City to punk clubs and back streets of San Francisco to landscapes
of Californias Great Central Valley.
you have an interest in mounting a show or representing Mr. Starks
work please contact him at:
Mail: PO Box 481
Sultana, CA 93666