Jessica, a New York City native, worked as a public school teacher in brooklyn before pursuing photography. Since graduating for the International Center of Photography, Jessica has won numerous international awards, including the Infinity Award for Photojournalist of the Year from the International Center of Photography (2014), the F Award for Concerned Photography, Magnum’s Inge Morath Award, the Juror’s Choice Award from The Santa Fe Center of Photography and The Marty Forscher Fellowship from Photo District News. For her video work she was awarded the Kodak Award for Best Cinematography at the Hampton's International Film Festival.

In the fall of 2007 her first book, The Ninth Floor, was published in Italy and the USA by Contrasto. She had her first solo exhibition at Forma, The International Center of Photography in Milan the same year and since has been exhibited at museums and galleries such as the Centre Pompidou, Foam, The Photography Museum of Amsterdam; Kunsthaus, Dresden; Foley Gallery, Chelsea; Locuslux Gallery, Belgium, and Aperture, New York. She became a full member of VII Photo in 2011.

Jessica's work has appeared publications such as Aperture, W, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Times, The British Journal of Photography, Time, Grazia, and Photoicon and books such as A New American Photographic Dream, C International, American Photography 22 and This Day of Change.

Jessica began her video work by being commissioned for a video for Moby. Since then, she has filmed the award-winning feature film Without, which was nominated for a Gotham Award and won an Independent Spirit Award. She video for the UNFPA about child marriage was awarded first place at World Press Photo. She was a videographer on the HBO series The Weight of the Nation and Showtime's Years of Living Dangerously. Her first documentary feature, Brick, is currently in production with executive producers Impact Partners and John Hoffman and has received support from Sundance, Chicken and Egg Pictures, and Arcus. Jessica was named one of the 25 New Faces of Film by Filmmaker Magazine . Jessica is currently based in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.


Curriculum Vitae


2017 World Press Photo, Long Form
2016 Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature, Dallas International Film Festival          
2014 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Filmmaker Magazine
2014 Infinity Award for Photojournalist of the Year, The International Center of Photography
2013 World Press Photo, Online Feature, 1st Prize
2013 Picture of the Year International, Issue Reporting Multimedia Story, 2nd place
2012 Emmy Nomination, Starved for Attention
2011 Kodak Award for Best Cinematography, Hamptons International Film Festival
2008 The F Award for Concerned Photography, Forma and Fabrica
2008 The Inge Morath Award for Photojournalism, Magnum
2007 Juror's Choice Award, The Santa Fe Center for Photography
2007 The Marty Forscher Fellowship, Photo District News
2007 New York Photo Festival, 1st place in Multimedia
2007 Picture of the Year International, Best Photography Book, Finalist

2014 Paparazzi! Centre Pompidou - Metz, France
2013 The Ninth Floor, Gage Gallery, Chicago, solo show
2012 Too Young To Wed (video), The United Nations, New York
2011 The Ninth Floor, CERO Gallery, Madrid, solo show
2010 The Brothel Without Walls, Contact Photography Festival, Toronto
2010 Starved For Attention: The Crisis of Childhood Malnutrition, The New York Times, New York
2010 Starved For Attention: The Crisis of Childhood Malnutrition, Forma, Milan
2009 The Ninth Floor, Locuslux Gallery, Belgium, solo show
2009 Viewing Restricted, The London School of Economics, London
2008 The Ninth Floor, Foam, Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, solo show
2008 The Ninth Floor, Foley Gallery, New York, solo show
2008 Under Influence, Kunsthaus, Dresden
2008 Dispatches From the Frontlines, Fovea Gallery, New York
2008 Eight, Randall Scott Gallery, Washington, DC
2007 The Ninth Floor, Forma, The International Center of Photography, Milan
2007 Aperture at 55, Aperture, New York

The Ninth Floor (Monograph. Contrasto) 2007
A New American Photographic Dream (Silvana Editoriale Publishing) upcoming 2010
This Day of Change (Kodansha Limited) 2009
C-International (Ivory Press) 2009
Flash Forward (Magenta Foundation) 2006
American Photography 22 2006