Aaron James Goldman started in the media business as an on screen TV talent in his teenage years. He studied (BA) Journalism at Falmouth University in Cornwall, United Kingdom.
James worked at The Independent Newspaper in London as a photojournalist. He photographed John Major, London mayor campaigns, Buckingham Palace, Mayday Riots and David Bailey, as well as contributing work to Classic Boats, Practical Boat Owner and Falmouth Packet.
He went on to be a multimedia designer, working with video and photography for Random Media in Mayfair, London, working on projects for Tony Scott’s Spygame and Ridley Scott Associates. His image of red smoke in large format E6 was projected on the Battersea Power Station, the largest projection in Europe at the time.
After 9/11, then, the disappearance of Daniel Pearl, James worked between NWFP (Afghan Pakistani border) and Oxford on documentaries and as a stringer for news agencies.
Arriving in Hong Kong in 2003, James joined Abacus Entertainment as a multimedia officer, producing trailers and movie promotions for film studios, HMV and Blockbuster.
He went on to join Salon Films Group as a creative director, creating promotional videos and developing feature films. He then worked as a Senior designer at a WPP agency for digital content and a video producer for Action Asia Events.
James then joined director of photography Peter Sova, ASC in his camera department on PUSH, a Hollywood feature film with Chris Evans, Dokada Fanning and Djimon Hounsou after working at the production office with producer Stan Wlodkowski for pre production and then stayed at the production office after the wrap of principle photography.
Having been a client of video footage and learnt from the best in the business. James set his eyes on new challenges and a more active lifestyle. He became a freelance cameraman in Hong Kong in 2012. He set up Camera Crew Hong Kong (Hollywood Road Studios / formerly HongKongVideograher.com) to support his camera work.
Since, James has shot, directed and produced via creative or advertising agencies, and occasionally directly for Adidas, AIG, Alexander McQueen, Alibaba, Arcadis, Apple Inc, Art Basel, AWE, AXA, BAFTA, British Airways, BBC, BlackRock, BNP, British Government, Blackberry, Boston Consulting Group, BVLGARI, Canale 5, Citibank, CHANEL, Chicago Booth University, Continental Jewellery, CNBC, CNN, Dauchel, DHL, Discovery Channel, DFS, Edelman, Elite Model Agency, Engadget, Eurosports, Evershed, Facebook, Fairmont Hotel, Formula-E, Google, Global Source, Italian Chamber of Commerce, ITN, Herbert Smith Freehills, History Channel, HSBC, Hong Kong Contemporary Art (HOCA), Hugo Boss, Johnson & Johnson, Marriott Hotel, Mitchell, LaMer, National Geographic, Netflix, Olay, P&G, Paramount Studios, PBS, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Roger Dubuis, Shell Oil Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Standard Chartered Bank, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Swarovski, Swissotel, TechCrunch, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Telegraph, The Times, Thomson Reuters, Towel Media, Zara, 9News and more.
James still shoots stills and was honoured to be invited to be an official photographer for BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts). Please visit goldmanjames.com for his photography work.
James lives solo by the sea.
Director of Photography
Certified Arri Alexa LF operator
Official BAFTA photographer