James P. Ball was a prominent Afro-American photographer, active in Seattle from 1892-1900. He came to Seattle from Montana in the early 1890's. He died in Hawaii ca. 1904.
The studio of Ball and Sons apparently operated under Laura L. Ball, Robert P. Ball, and James P. Ball, Jr. in Seattle in the Roxwell Building on Columbia Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues from 1897 to about 1902.