James Crump is a curator internationally recognized for his work with contemporary artists and photographers. He has organized exhibitions and published titles with leading contemporary and historical figures, including Vik Muniz, George Platt Lynes, Peter Beard, Eugéne Atget, Berenice Abbott, Lynn Davis, Robert Mapplethorpe, Sheila Metzner, Garry Winogrand, Walker Evans, Peter Lindbergh, Carlo Mollino, Richard Misrach and scores of others.

Crump is the author of Walker Evans: Decade by Decade (2010), F. Holland Day: Suffering the Ideal (1995) and George Platt Lynes: Photographs from the Kinsey Institute (1993) and coauthor of Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970-1980 (2010) and When We Were Three: The Travel Albums of George Platt Lynes, Monroe Wheeler, and Glenway Wescott (1998). Black White + Gray is his directorial debut.