James Palik (Jim)

James (Jim) is a teacher and photojournalist with photography experience in a broad range subjects. His specialities are architectural photography, event photography and travel photography. His passion is photographic art.

As a teenager in Santa Rosa, California, Jim was mentored by William Quandt, Ansel Adams' former assistant at the California School of Fine Arts. During this time, he was given the opportunity to attend classes given by Ansel Adams, driving to San Francisco once a week using his sister's car (the price of gasoline was $0.18 per gallon).

In 1960, Jim placed 5th out of 35,000 entries in the National Scholastic Photography Competition. Since then Jim has won numerous awards and recognition. After working for a succession of photography studios in San Francisco, Jim opened his own studio in Los Gatos, California. In 1999, Hewlett Packard offered Jim the opportunity to move to Germany to manage technical documentation for the Network Support Laboratory. During his tenure with Hewlett-Packard Jim was a member of HP’s writer’s council and was responsible for HP’s “Word” style sheets in addition to teaching HP’s German technical writers how to write documentation in English. Jim retired from Hewlett Packard in 2005.

Between 2006 and 2016 Jim taught digital photography at the Hochschule der Medien (Stuttgart Media University) in Stuttgart, Germany. He also works contractually doing architectural photography, event photography and travel photography. He is the official photographer for the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum (DAZ). Jim’s writing is now focused on photography. In his leisure time, Jim can be found at his computer editing digital images from his extensive collection.

Jim’s photography can be seen on his website at www.jpalik.com.

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