Jessica Bal (b. 1988) is a documentary artist and media educator passionate about projects that involve cross-disciplinary collaboration, deep community engagement, and reciprocal approaches to storytelling. Her current projects explore womxn’s identities and ambitions as well as histories of privilege and whiteness in the United States. 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 + WORKSHOPS 2020 // Heirlooms/Evidence Workshop, Photoville, Co-Facilitator 2019 // UN/DO Photography Workshop, Participant 2019 // IWMF Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Reporting Grant, Recipient 2018 // Double Exposure Fledgling Fund Fellowship, Fellow 2018 // IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, Fellow 2016 // Eddie Adams Workshop XXIX, Participant 2016 // New York Times Portfolio Review, Participant 2016 // Magnum Foundation Fellowship, Fellow 2015 // Punch Sulzberger Scholarship
TEACHING 2019-present // Craig Newmark Grad School of Journalism, Photojournalism 2017-present // Photoville Education Day & Teacher Professional Development 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