Jessica Bal  (b. 1988) is a documentary artist,...

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.

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

2021 // Heirlooms/Evidence Workshop, Photoville, NYC
2020 // Heirlooms/Evidence Workshop, Photoville, NYC
2016 // New York Stories (Group Exhibit), Photoville, NYC

2022-present // NYU Future Imagemakers Photo Workshop, High School
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)

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

(Photo by Geoffrey Berliner)

Jessica Bal

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