Russell James, the main photographer for Victoria’s Secret, was born in Australia, and started his career as a laborer in a trash can factory. It took more then two decades to find his way from Perth, Australia to the fashion world of New York City. Russell traveled the world from 1987 to 1996 trying get his photography career started. As a matter of fact, in 1997, he was on the brink of having to admit defeat and go back to Australia and get a factory job, but then he got his ‘break’. He was asked to shoot Tyra Banks for the cover of Sports Illustrated and to shoot a fashion story for W magazine in the same week. That was really the beginning of his career that now includes photographing for major brands and magazines, as well as his personal art photography that has regular gallery openings in cities around the world.
Watch the video below for an interview and some behind-the-scene footage of Russell James at work. I must say, looks like it IS the best job ever.