James George Riley is a published photographer, sound designer and award-winning graphic artist who has been living and creating art in the Catskills of New York after moving from New York City. Riley began his professional career in photography at the age of eighteen as a black and white darkroom photographer providing services for several world-class print houses in Fairfield County Connecticut where he studied under master craftsmen.
In 1989, at the age twenty-one, Riley moved to New York City where he was involved in diverse projects ranging from television to pop music and worked creatively with Sting, Moby, the Rooks and Early Edison as a musician and sound designer. Photography and graphic arts were never far away as Riley pursued street photography in Manhattan and assisted fine art photographer Victor Gagliardi.
While living in Manhattan, Riley also pursued his passion for Judeo-Christian religion and attended Hunter College where he studied New Testament theology with Professor Barbara Sproul. To further his understanding, Riley acted off-Broadway in the stage role of Jesus Christ with the Saint Bart’s Players on Park Avenue.
James Riley has pushed boundaries into other areas as well. He has hosted and produced several radio shows and is the recipient of the New York Broadcaster’s Association’s award for Best Radio Feature Production. Riley is the exclusive sound designer for the Focus Media Group.
Currently, Riley, is vice-president of media for Formaggio Brand in New York’s Catskills. His main focus is food photography and design for which Riley has earned a bronze medal. Riley also acts as lifecoach and creative guru for food industry magnate, Anthony Mongiello and his family.
James Riley’s photo, art and design credits have international reach and include books, magazines, newspapers, CD’s, websites and dozens of products on store shelves everywhere. Riley currently resides on a horse farm in picturesque Cochecton, NY, just three miles from the former Yasgur’s Farm, where the famous Woodstock festival took place in 1969.