Jim Herrington is a photographer and writer whose portraits of celebrities including Dolly Parton, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Cormac McCarthy, Morgan Freeman and Benny Goodman have appeared on the pages of Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Outside and The New York Times as well as on scores of album covers for more than three decades.
For nearly twenty years and while circling the globe Herrington created a portrait series of early-to-mid 20th Century mountain climbing legends. The result is The Climbers, a collection of sixty black-and-white photographs that document these rugged individualists, including the likes of Royal Robbins, Reinhold Messner, Yvon Chouinard and Riccardo Cassin. Between the 1920s and 1970s these determined men and women used primitive gear along with their considerable wits, talent, and fortitude to climb unscaled peaks around the world. In these images, Herrington has captured their humanity, obsession, intellect, and frailty.
The book received both the Grand Prize and the Mountaineering History Award at the 2017 Banff Film & Book Festival.
He co-wrote and co-produced the Jerry Lee Lewis episode for the HBO/Cinemax series Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus.
Herrington’s photography has been exhibited internationally and is in numerous private collections.