James Neiss is an internationally published award winning photojournalist at the Niagara Gazette, a daily newspaper in Niagara Falls, N.Y. In this role for more than 26 years, Neiss has had the opportunity to photograph the beauty of the Niagara region, plus many high profile people and events from daredevils going over Niagara Falls, to Presidents of the United States. However, the words he believes that best describe his vocation are "community photographer."

Neiss has lived through the industry transformation from wet darkroom to digital imaging, often taking a leadership role in effecting the transition at the Niagara Gazette, bringing his pioneering spirit and technical skills to friends & colleagues, including a chairmanship as Webmaster of the National Press Photographers Association in the late 1990’s.

James Neiss was born in Buffalo, N.Y. on a cold January day in 1960. In 1979 he became a student of photography as a senior in High School and continues to be so to this day.


Retail Locations


  • Old Fort Niagara Gift Shop, Youngstown, NY

  • The Dory Trading Post, Youngstown, NY




  • "In The Neighborhood," Niagara Falls Public Library, Niagara Falls, NY - February, 2015

  • "Auto Art: Artists & Mechanics Showcase," NACC Main Gallery, Niagara Falls, NY - September, 2014

  • "Visions of Greater Buffalo," Guest Artist Exhibition and Auction, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY - November, 2014

  • "2014 CEPA Gallery Members Exhibit," Underground Gallery, Buffalo, NY - September, 2014

  • "Roaming The Niagara Frontier" Solo Exhibit, Conference & Event Center, Niagara Falls, NY - November, 2013

  • "Assignment: The Art of Photojournalism," Group Exhibit, NACC, Niagara Falls, NY - October, 2002


Art Festivals


  • 3RD PLACE PHOTOGRAPHY - For body of work. Corn Hill Art Festival, Rochester, NY - June, 2015

  • BEST OF SHOW - Niagara Falls Music and Art Festival, Niagara Falls, NY - June, 2016

  • 1ST PLACE PHOTOGRAPHY - For body of work. Corn Hill Art Festival, Rochester, NY - June, 2016

  • HONORABLE MENTION PHOTOGRAPHY - "Forest Queen." Lewiston Art Festival. Lewiston, NY - August, 2016


Recent Publishings of Note