James-Daniel Radiches has photographed many celebrated figures in the British and American theater. His photography has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, People magazine, Playbill, Opera News, and numerous books including Katharine Hepburn’s Me, Colleen Dewhurst’s Colleen Dewhurst: Her Autobiography, Woody Allen’s play text, The Floating Light Bulb, Patricia Neal’s As I Am, Kathryn Sermak’s memoir of Bette Davis, Miss D and Me, and most recently James Lapine’s Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created “Sunday in the Park with George,” a New York Times bestseller.
Radiches was born in Boston and first studied photography in London as an exchange student at the Royal Photographic Society, later graduating from the Pratt Institute in New York, earning a B.A. degree in Communications. He was hired by Sarah Caldwell as stage photographer for the Opera Company of Boston, of which she was founder and artistic director. This spilled over into taking photographs for E. Virginia Williams’s Boston Ballet, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and productions on Broadway. With the Metropolitan Opera Company, he worked as a make-up artist and today often uses this skill in making up subjects for his portraiture.
Radiches has also tried his hand at producing, and counts among his credits Scattered Leaves, an evening of three one-act plays by James Prideaux, which starred Julie Harris and Fritz Weaver. This led to an association with legendary producer Arthur Cantor, with whom Radiches worked until Cantor’s death.
A versatile visual artist, Radiches’s paintings are to be found in private and public collections, including one in the permanent collection of the New York State Legislature Building in Albany, N.Y.
He is currently working on a collection showcasing the songwriters and wordsmiths of Broadway theater, in collaboration with Ted Chapin and Bob Ciano.