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Jessica Chen is a fine art photographer, capturing cinematic and urban landscapes, architecture, documentary and street photography. She has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and documentary filmmaker before realizing her joy was in photography.

After 15 years of taking photographs, in 2014, she began publishing her writing and photographic experiments for the first time. After the passing of her mentor, Albert Maysles in 2015, in an attempt to relieve her grief, she returned to shooting on film. Realizing the importance of slowing down, she began restoring and using old and discontinued cameras from the 60s, 70s, and 90s. Through the process of shooting on film, she found a renewed sense of freedom and joy in the simple act of making a photograph. Inspired by the poetic rhythms found in the stillness of fleeting moments, she has dedicated the photographs taken in 2015, to Albert Maysles, who generously, but doggedly encouraged her to share her perspective with the world.

Ms. Chen's photographs have gone on to be published and exhibited across the country and internationally. She has exhibited at the RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco, the Los Angeles Center for Photography, the Vermont Center for Photography, and the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont. Her work was selected for local juried shows at the Sidney-Mishkin Gallery, the Trestle Gallery, and the Davis Orton Gallery in New York. Last year, her photography made its international debut at the PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary.

A selection of her work is on view at the Catalina Art Association Gallery in Avalon, CA. She was awarded the 2017 Emerging Award by APA, American Photographic Artists; a national organization for photographers. Her work resides in private collections across the country and abroad.

Jessica is currently a teaching artist with the Josephine Herrick Project, the 2017 recipient of the LUCIE Humanitarian Award. JHP teaches photography skills to those in need of alternative forms of wellness and rehabilitation, servicing veterans, people with disabilities, immigrant high school students and seniors citizens.

Jessica is a graduate from the University of California at Davis with a B.A. in Studio Art and B.S. in Environmental Design and Visual Communication. In 2007, she received an M.F.A. in Documentary and Narrative film from Parsons at the New School for Design. She resides in Brooklyn, New York.


Photo: M. Capozzola