New York-based Australian James Houston is recognized as one of the world's leading beauty and body photographers and over the last 10 years has branched out into commercial directing for clients such as Clinique and Hugo Boss. Four award-winning international books have published on his work. The last, titled MOVE (PowerHouse Books), was created to benefit various HIV/AIDS charities and has raised close to $500,000. The book project titled MOVE FOR AIDS (www.moveforaids.com) was launched internationally in 2006 with the support of Elton John, Hugh Jackman, and Baz Luhrmann. Houston was executive producer on the short documentary film "Making of MOVE" that was released in Asia on MTV and in Australia on Foxtel.
During the Move For Aids project Houston was shocked by the facts surrounding adolescent sexual health outcomes for U.S. teens. In 2007 he was inspired to raise over 1 million dollars to direct his first feature documentary 'Let's Talk About Sex' (www.letstalkaboutsexthefilm.com). The goal of the film was to bring these shocking facts to life and help parents and the larger community realize the importance of honest communication and education around sexuality for youth. The documentary airs nationally in the U.S. on the TLC network on April 9 2011.
Houston also works regularly with leading celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Jessica Alba, Kirsten Dunst, and Cate Blanchett and clients such as Loreal Paris, Donna Karan, Hugo Boss and GAP.