There is little is known of James E. Raze. He was working as a photographer in Buffalo, North Dakota in 1904. That same year he must have moved to Fargo since the 1904 Fargo-Moorhead city directory lists Mr. Raze as an artist living at 505 2nd Avenue North. In the 1905 directory, he is listed as a photographer living at 721 13th Street South. After 1905 he is no longer listed in the city directories.