James Cathcart was born in Medellin Colombia.
He has been living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1988.
With a focus on social and urban change, Cathcart has been photographing the streets of Brooklyn since he moved to New York. He uses a variety of film formats as well as pinhole cameras.
Additionally, Cathcart is a collaborator and co-founder along with Frank Fantauzzi and Terence Van Elslander of a collective called Iceberg Project. Iceberg Project creates innovative installations and other art works relative to the act of building. Although strongly conceptual, their work engages the public, a primary function of architecture. Cathcart, like Fantauzzi and Van Elslander, is an alumnus of both the Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Capp Street Project, a nationally recognized artist-in-residence program dedicated to the production of site-specific installations.
He received a fellowship in architecture from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Emerging New York Young Sculptor Fellowship from the Greenwall Foundation. He has lectured, taught and exhibited at numerous venues nationally and internationally, including the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City, The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco and the Industriemuseum in Dortmund, Germany.