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After nearly two decades of making photographs, Jessica began publishing her work in 2014, along with her writing documenting her photographic process and film experiments. Jessica uses a wide variety film stocks and old and refurbished cameras from the 60s, 70s, and 90s. Her passion for cinema and visual storytelling inspired her return to film photography, as she discovered a renewedsense of freedom and joy in the process of making film photographs again.

Her award winning photography has been exhibited across the United States and internationaly, including the Soho Photo Gallery, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Trestle Gallery and the Davis Orton Gallery in New York. Her photographs have been selected for group exhibitions at the Grey Loft Gallery, Praxis Photographic Arts Center, Vermont Center for Photography, RayKo Photo Center, Los Angeles Center of Photography,PhotoPlace Gallery, and the PH21 in Budapest, Hungary. A selection of her photography is on view at the Catalina Art Association Gallery in Avalon, California, and in numerous private collections worldwide.

In 2017, she was awarded the Emerging Award by American Photographic Artist (APA), a nationwide organization of photographers. Last year she was awarded a full stipend to participate in the prestigious Women Photograph Seminar at Photoville in Brooklyn.

Jessica is currently a member at the Penumbra Foundation, American Photographic Artists (APA), Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP), and the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston.

Ms. Chen is a graduate from the University of California, Davis, where she holds a B.A. in Studio Art and a B.S. in Environmental Design and Visual Communication. In 2007 she earned her M.F.A. in documentary and narrative film from Parsons at The New School in New York.

She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York.


Photo: M. Capozzola