James Estrin (born February 16, 1957) is a New York Times senior staff photographer and a founder of Lens, The New York Times photography blog. Estrin was part of a team that won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for a national series of articles entitled “How Race Is Lived In America.” He is also the co-executive producer of the documentary film “Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro” which appeared on HBO in November 2016.
Estrin was born in Manhattan and raised in New Rochelle by two physicians, Dr. Irving Jonathan Estrin, a professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Dr. Elizabeth Glogau Estrin, a faculty member at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Estrin attended Hampshire College in Amherst, MA from 1975-1979 where he studied anthropology and labor history as well as photography with Jerome Liebling. From 1979 – 1980, he attended the International Center of Photography’s Advanced Studies Program where his teachers included Eugene Richards and Fred Ritchin.