Jessica Bal (b. 1988) is a documentary artist, educator, and arts organizer passionate about projects that involve interdisciplinary collaboration and reciprocal approaches to storytelling. Jessica’s work has been supported by the International Women’s Media Foundation, Magnum Foundation, The Polis Project, and Fledgling Fund, and published in The New York Times, BuzzFeed News, VICE, The Miami Herald, Narratively, and others. She coordinates education programming for Photoville and has taught photography to graduate students as well as middle and high school students in New York City. She also manages the digital archive of photographer Susan Meiselas. Jessica received her master's degree from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and holds a B.A. in English and Art History from Tufts University.
GRANTS + AWARDS 2021 // UnionDocs CoLab: Carceral Screens & The Abolitionist Imagination 2019 // UN/DO Photography Workshop 2019 // IWMF Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Reporting Grant 2018 // Double Exposure Fledgling Fund Fellowship 2018 // IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative 2016 // Eddie Adams Workshop XXIX 2016 // New York Times Portfolio Review 2016 // Magnum Foundation Fellowship 2015 // Punch Sulzberger Scholarship
EXHIBITIONS + TALKS 2020 // Heirlooms/Evidence Workshop, Photoville, NYC 2016 // New York Stories (Group Exhibit), Photoville, NYC
TEACHING 2019-present // Craig Newmark Grad School of Journalism, Photojournalism 2020 // Bard High School Early College Summer Scholars, Navigating the News 2018 // Magic Box Productions, Photo Club, Middle School and High School (ELL)
SELECTED CLIENTS The New York Times, BuzzFeed News, VICE, The Miami Herald, CBSN Originals, WIRED, Forbes, The FRONT, Narratively, Ballena Blanca, The Riverdale Press, eBay, The New School, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The New York Civil Liberties Union, The Consulate General of Ireland, Atlantic Re:Think, Gimlet Creative