Personal Bio

Photographer * Writer * Editor * Educator

1000 South Crescent Heights Blvd.
Los Angeles, California, 90035-2633

Tel: (323) 939-9594 Fax: (323) 939-2609 E-mail:


Experienced living and working in Asia and Europe in the international community. Fluent in English, with speaking and reading skills in German and working knowledge of Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese. Honored for not only photography and journalism, but humanitarian efforts as well in the Vietnam War. Written about in books on the War and the Sixties in PAGE AFTER PAGE and REMEMORIES and interviewed numerous times over the years on CBS News, NBC News, Fox News and by Charlie Rose on a network special on Photography in America Today. Well acquainted with editors in the news media. A prolific writer and author of numerous commentaries and book reviews for the LOS ANGELES TIMES and numerous national magazines including PHOTO DISTRICT NEWS. A former employee of the American Red Cross, continues to serve as a volunteer public affairs specialist in Disaster Services, First Aid and CPR instructor and returns to Vietnam on a regular basis documenting health problems caused from wartime chemicals. Has been instrumental in encouraging US support, through the American and Vietnam Red Cross, for studies and aid on the plight of Agent Orange victims.


Over thirty-seven years experience in photography in all areas including photojournalism, advertising, corporate, documentary and video. Skilled in all formats and in analog and digital media. International experience working and living in Europe, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Central America, Mexico and all areas of the United states. In Frankfurt, Germany, worked for OVERSEAS MEDIA GmbH / ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG / FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU. As a photojournalist covered such major events as the Seoul/East Berlin Espionage Trials in Germany and Seoul, Korea for Germany’s STERN magazine; military and political events for NEWSWEEK and economic development for the UNITED NATIONS in Korea. Did commercial photography for Japanese firms while living in Tokyo. Covered, for two consecutive years, the Vietnam War for the AMERICAN RED CROSS and NEWSWEEK.

In the United States covered numerous political campaigns and events including Presidents Reagan, Nixon and Carter, and the visit of the Pope. Continued working for NEWSWEEK while attending Art Center in 1970. Upon graduation joined the staff of the LOS ANGELES TIMES. Left the newspaper after a year to open a studio while continuing to work for NEWSWEEK and pursuing commercial clients. In 1979 began working for TIME-LIFE, doing assignments for TIME, LIFE, PEOPLE, DISCOVER, MONEY and FORTUNE magazines. In 1990 was hired by Korean firm, Kim Dae, to edit their magazine, ASIAN FOCUS, for one year while still overseeing the studio. Expanded studio to include purchase of lot with buildings including new studio near Beverly Hills. Continued to Expanded services to include digital video, and product photography while expanding real estate investments and managing property. Commercial clients include: Thai Airways International, Unocal, Texaco, Union Pacific Railroad, Senior Aerospace, Anam Electronics (Samsung), Xerox, Sundance Spas, Sweetwater Spas and various jewelry / diamond firms in the International Jewelry Mart. Editorial clients have included THE ROBB REPORT, BUSINESS WEEK, INC, ASIA INC, ENGINEERING NEWS RECORD, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES MAGAZINE, POPULAR SCIENCE, ELLERY QUEEN MYSTERY MAGAZINE, FORBES, US NEWS & WORLD REPORT, MARKETING AND MEDIA DECISIONS, THE WASHINGTON POST, HIGH TECHNOLOGY, ELECTRONIC PURCHASING, VENTURE, CATS, LIBRARY JOURNAL, AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION, ELECTRONIC BUSINESS, PURCHASING, CHEMICAL WEEK, BUSINESS COMPUTERS SYSTEMS, and SYLVIA PORTER’S PERSONAL FINANCE. Over forty magazine covers were included in this client list.


Art Center College of Design teaching Documentary Photography and Photojournalism; 1973-1986. Other teaching assignments since Art Center have been at Cal State Long Beach, UCLA, Otis/Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles City College and special guest lectures at the University of Nevada at Reno, UC Santa Barbara. All were part time usually evening classes because of daytime career demands. During the years at Art Center , unsolicited letters were written to the school from students:

“Mr. Caccavo has that unusual ability to draw lingering talent from people – he did this with me. Because of his perceptiveness and sensitivity, I am a better photographer….” Jack Fahey, 2 June 1976.

“Jim Caccavo is a genuine human being whose talents as an instructor and professional are beyond reproach. He demonstrates uncanny insight, and displays great compassion for the people in front of his lens. His mild manner and gentleness are a welcome relief from the pomposity, arrogance, and prima donna facades many less competent instructors display.” Ron Pidot, 1 September 1976.


Art Center College of Design, BFA with major in Photography and minor in Film.
West Los Angeles College, non degree, Japanese language studies, 1990-91.
Awarded California Community College Teaching Credential for Art, Design and Photography, 1977.
Hoi Viet My, Vietnamese language studies, Saigon, Vietnam, 1969.
German Language School, Worms am Rhine, Germany, 1966.
Red Cross First Aid and CPR Instructor certificates, Vietnam, 1968; Los Angeles, 2002.

Awards, Honors and Professional Organizations

First Place, Pictorial, 1965 Pictures of the Year, National Press Photographers’ Association, University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Best Use of Photography in a Consumer Magazine (Newsweek), New York Art Directors Club, 1976.

Humanitarian and Peace Medallion, 1970, League of Red Cross Societies, Geneva, Switzerland, for wartime service with the American Red Cross, German Red Cross, Australian Red Cross, New Zealand Red Cross, French Red Cross, and Vietnam Red Cross.

United States of America Awards’ Medal for Civilian Service in Vietnam, 1969.

Photography included into the permanent collection of the Requiem Exhibit at Eastman House, Rochester, New York, 2001. Work also exhibited in London, Bangkok, and Los Angeles.

President, four terms, Southern California Chapter of ASMP, American Society of Media Photographers.
Chairman, Indochina Affairs Committee, National Press Photographers’ Association.
Member, Greater Los Angeles Press Photographers’ Association.
Trustee, Indochina Memorial Media Foundation, London.