Peter James is an Australian cinematographer and director of photography. James is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, an organization that offers membership to directors of photography only "by invitation, based on an individualâ€™s body of work".
James has acted as a cinematographer or director of photography on over 30 films since 1973 when he worked on the Australian film Avengers of the Reef. As of 2010, James has won Australian Cinematographers Society's Milli Award four times, Australian Film Institute's Award for Best Achievement in Cinematography three times and was nominated for the award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie at the 56th Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the 2003 television film And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself. In 1999, James was inducted into the Australian Cinematographers Society Hall of Fame for having "made a substantial contribution to the industry and the Society, as well as having left a legacy of fine work and having been responsible for training and influencing others."