James Autery is a filmaker and photographer based in New York. His current project is a study in stillness bound in a backdrop of motion with the use of video.  His previous work had a focus in photojournalism and art photography. Autrey's subjects have included children with autism, train-hoppers, communities in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, a machinist in the Mojave Desert, and a Korean family living in Missouri. His work is focused on the universal inner strength of people, and in the still moments of fleeting life experiences that seem to branch out into their own unending existences.   


Autery has had exhibitions with tANJA gRUNERT, The Hudson Eye, Second Ward Foundation, Film Makers Cooperative, Areté Venue and Gallery, Next to Nothing, Hudson Eye, Hudson Hall, Minneapolis Photo Center, and Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe. He has been an artist in residence with Second Ward Foundation for three years and was awarded the NYSCA Electronic Media/Film fund in partnership with Wave Farm’s Media Arts Assistance Fund program. 

Solo Exhibition

2021         Agnosia, Tanja Grunert Gallery, Hudson, NY

2020         Remnant, Hudson Eye, Hudson, NY

2018         Reverberations, Areté Venue and Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015         Selected Work, Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY


Two-Person Exhibition

2018         Carolee Schneeman and James Autery, Second Ward Winter Walk, Hudson, NY


Group Exhibition

2017         Film-Maker’s Coop Paddle8 Art Auction, Next to Nothing Gallery, NYC, NY

2014         With Gentle Wings and a Cohort of Confusion, Private Home, Hudson, NY

2012         The Human Condition: A Survey of Humanity, MPLS Photo Center Minneapolis, MN

2012         Arrhythmic Visions, Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM



2019         NYSCA Electronic Media/Film Fund in partnership with Wave Farm’s Media Arts Assistance Fund program



Second Ward Artist-in-Residence (2018 – Ongoing)



Agnosia (2021)

Mantra (2018-21)


Festival Selections and Awards

Official Selection kalakari film fest (2022)

Semi-finalist International Moving Film Festival (2021)

Semi-finalist Dumbo Film Festival (2021)

Best Sound Rome Independent Prisma Awards (May 2021)

Finalist Best Experimental Film Rome Independent Prisma Awards (May 2021)


Commercial Work

TIME, Upstate Diary, Travel + Leisure, Entity Magazine