James Whitlow Delano

Japan-based documentary storyteller. He has  been​ a professional photographer since 1987 and has lived in Asia for over 20 years.
His work has been published on international magazines like National Geographic, Geo Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, it has been exhibited around the world and led to four award-winning monograph photo books, including “Empre: Impression from China” and “Black Tsunami: Japan 2011”. His projects have been cited with the Alfred Eisenstadt Award (from Columbia University and Life Magazine), Leica’s Oskar Barnack, Picture of the Year International, NPPA Best Photojuornalism, PDN and others. In 2015 he founded EverydayClimateChange (ECC) Instagram feed, where photographers from​ six continents document Climate Change all over the world. Delano is grantee for Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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Some of the stories available:


Bolivia. Climate Change & Urban Migration

Climate change is profoundly impacting Bolivia’s indigenous-majority population, creating deserts out of lakes, drying out rivers, melting ice and triggering migration to urban centers in South America’s most impoverished nation.


La Rinconada. Andean Gold, Mercury and Climate Change

What happens when climate change, gold fever, a receding glacier and poverty converge on an Andean mountain. La Rinconada is the highest permanently settled place on the planet sandwiched between a glacier and an indescribably contaminated gold mining pit over 5 kilometer above sea level in the Peruvian Andes. For over 500 years, “La Bella Durmiente” (Sleeping Beauty) has lured miners, first the Inca, then the Spanish. Now indigenous Peruvians come hoping to get lucky, “la suerte”, and strike it rich.


Hidden Crisis: Obesity & Malnutrition in Post-NAFTA Mexico

Mexico also has the distinction of co-mingling an obesity crisis with malnutrition.
Produced by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Japan’s Climate Change Challenges

Beneath this timeless cycle, the climate is steadily, palpably changing with consequences for the wild and human inhabitants, altering the many micro-climates that pepper this diverse archipelago


China’s Water Crisis is a Global Crisis

“Water spilled can never be retrieved.”
– Chinese proverb.


Environmental Crisis in Eastern Tibet

Within Eastern Tibet just about every climate on earth can be found – from glacial ice to lush rainforest, even micro-deserts supporting little more than cactus. With about 1.3 billion people depending on the rivers that flow from the Tibetan Plateau, a huge chunk of humanity, not to mention wildlife, are dependent in some way upon these diverse ecosystems.


Road Trip to Hokkaido – Japan’s Big Sky Country

The light is different in Hokkaido, white and angular, slanting through breaks in Rubenesque clouds racing across a big sky. This is Japan’s Alaska. Almost legendary indigenous Ainu men used to lived here and called this part of their homeland, “Kamui Mintara”, God’s Playground.