Jim Lommasson is a freelance photographer and author living in Portland, OR. Lommasson 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 book Exit Wounds: Soldiers’ Stories – Life After Iraq and Afghanistan and traveling exhibition is about American Veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, and their lives after their return from war. “Exit Wounds” includes Lommasson’s photographs, interviews and photographs by the participants.
He is an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project Grant recipient for his public discussion “Life after War.” Lommasson was awarded a Regional Arts and Culture Council Grant for “What We Carried: Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization.” “What We Carried” is an ongoing collaborative storytelling project with displaced Iraqi and Syrian refugees. What We Carried was exhibited at The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration in the summer of 2019.
Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory. about Holocaust and genocide survivors was created with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and first exhibited in 2018 and is currently travel around the U.S.
Lommasson has collaborated with The Immigrant Story to help create “DREAMs Deferred” about DACA. and in 2020 and “I Am My Story: Voices of Hope” about African women survivors of genocide. Both projects were exhibited at The Oregon Historical Society.