In the early 80's Jim Saah discovered photography and punk rock at about the same time. He quickly developed a desire to rediscover his world through photography. He then found a whole new underground world of music. The energy and community around the punk rock scene was an endless inspiration.
Photography soon became more then a hobby when Jim took his portfolio to the Washington Post’s Weekend section’s photo editor. He liked Jim’s work and gave him an assignment for Weekend. Jim worked freelance shooting arts and entertainment for the Post for over 15 years.
Jim began to combine travel and photography in the early 1990s. In 1991, on assignment for Senator Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio, he documented labor and environmental abuses for the Senate hearings on N.A.F.T.A. He found the mingling of photography and travel particularly rewarding. He traveled the middle east several times shooting for magazines and newspapers.
He's also an experienced videographer whose credits range from union organizing films to music documentaries. Some films he has worked on include movies about the bands Wilco, Sunken Treasure & Ashes of American Flags, Death Cab for Cutie and Eddie Vedder.
Most recently he completed a documentary about the DC punk scene with a friend he came up in the scene with, Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in the Washington, DC. (saladdaysdc.com) He served as Director of Photography, Editor and Producer. The film enjoyed an international theatrical release and got great reviews from the New York Times to Variety. It’s now streaming and available on DVD.
Jim still works full time in photography and video. See more of his work at www.jimsaah.com.