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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jim Reed  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1961 in Albany, Georgia

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Illinois Connection

Although Jim was born in Georgia, he was raised in Springfield, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jim's professional career began as a filmmaker and writer in Los Angeles. After eight ears of writing everything from TV commercials and music videos to feature articles and motion pictures, he returned to his childhood love of photographing storms. He is now recognized as one of the world's most pioneering and accomplished extreme-weather photographers. Jim has documented record-setting storms for 20 consecutive years, capturing numerous meteorological phenomena, including tornadoes, blizzards, ice storms, and floods. He has documented 18 hurricanes, including Katrina and, most recently, Hurricane Irene.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Hurricane Katrina: Through the Eyes of Storm Chasers
ISBN: 1560373776

Farcountry Press. 2005

Hurricane Katrina: Through the Eyes of Storm Chasers offers a historic and unprecedented view inside a Category 5 hurricane—and of the devastating aftermath. Award-winning extreme-weather photographer Jim Reed and storm-chaser/videographer Mike Theiss document the most destructive natural disaster in U.S. history at every stage, from the days in which the Gulf Coast prepared for the approaching hurricane and evacuation procedures began to the moments when the hurricane made it's monstrous landfall and wrecked havoc on the region.The compilation includes photographs of Louisiana, including New Orleans, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Chilling "before and after" images demonstrate the power of this historic hurricane. Captions detailing personal stories and weather facts accompany the shocking images.

Storm Chaser: A Photographer's Journey
ISBN: 0810921472

Harry N. Abrams. 2009

Issues of global warming continue to be relevant, and every day brings front-page stories about the weather, generating new research, raising even more questions and possible solutions. Storm Chaser is a mesmerizing look at some of the catastrophic consequences of our planet's increasing temperature, captured by an expert in the field. Through breathtaking photos, quotes, letters, and journal entries from climatologists, researchers, political leaders, spiritual advisors, and storm survivors. Storm Chaser chronicles photographer Jim Reed's most thrilling, beautiful, memorable, and dramatic adventures to date.
From extraordinary tornadoes to historic hurricanes, remarkable floods, geomagnetic storms, and magnificent lightning, Reed captures not only the mercilessness of America's sometimes deadly weather, but also the magnificence and meaning behind the tempests.
The hardcover edition of Storm Chaser received critical acclaim and wide media attention. The New York Times wrote "These are the images that demonstrate the heart of weather's primal draw, and that hold the power to make weather fanatics out of even those of us whose first instinct is to run." Repackaged as a paperback with 16 pages of new material, this revised edition of Storm Chaser provides even more incredible images and the astonishing stories behind them.

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