James Bleecker

My photography spans four decades of living in the Hudson River Valley. While my Dutch ancestors settled here early - Bleecker and Verplanck are common place names - I don't know what, if any, pull that fact exerts. Certainly I'm attracted to the layers of time exposed here; in ancient stone walls, leaning barns, faded mansions and mill towns. The valley exudes boom and bust, love and leavings.

Photo of James Bleecker


Panorama Views

Color photography


James Bleecker photographs the landscapes and architecture of his native New York State. Since 1983 his work has spanned independent fine art photography and commercial architectural photography. Much of his work has been commissioned by museums and historic preservation groups in the Hudson River valley.

About James’s work, Edgar Munhall, Curator Emeritus of The Frick Collection, has written,

"James's work is powerful and mature. Rigorously composed and technically perfect, his photographs can reduce you to tears by their beauty."

Berkshire Museum
Barry Diller/IAC
Albany Institute of History and Art
Fenimore Museum
Everson Museum

Grants, Commissions:
New York State Council on the Arts
Albany Institute of History and Art
Historic Hudson Valley
Rockefeller family foundations (various) The Frick Collection American Museum of Natural History The Morgan Library & Museum