James Bones, Jr. was born in 1943. As a child in an Air Force family he moved several times living in Florida, Texas, California, Maryland, and Virginia. On a road trip from one home in Virginia to another in California, Bones became interested in photography and the desert. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and studied photography under Russell W. Lee, a master of documentary photography. From 1972 to 1973, Bones was a resident fellow at UT’s Paisano, a 254-acre ranch along Barton Creek that serves as a nature reserve where Southwestern artists and writers can live and work. The photographs that Bones took at Paisano were published in 1975 in the monograph Texas Heartland: A Hill Country Year. From 1975 to 1978, Bones worked in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as a printing assistant to photographer Eliot Porter, a respected large color format photographer. His work has been published in numerous magazines including Audubon, Texas Monthly, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Garden Design, Natural History, View Camera and Zoom. His books includeTexas Earth Surfaces: A Photographic Study Texas West of the Pecos (1981), Rio Grande: Mountains to the Sea (1995), Texas: Images of the Landscape (1986). In 1978, Encino Press published A Texas Portfolio and in 1979, Texas Wildflowers: A Portfolio, both using the method of handmade dye transfer printing. In 2000, he wrote, directed, and produced a video, The Seed Ball Story, that demonstrates how to revegetate disturbed lands by means of seed balls. In 2010, he self-published an archival print edition of his Paisano images and PTSD 911 Portfolio by Jaime Huesos (aka Jim Bones). He lives near Alpine, Texas.