Jessica Bal (b. 1988) is an independent documentary photographer, filmmaker, and educator whose personal work often explores womxn’s issues and identity. She is passionate about projects that involve cross-disciplinary collaboration, deep community engagement, and reciprocal approaches to storytelling. She also coordinates education programming at United Photo Industries/Photoville and manages the digital archive of documentary photographer Susan Meiselas. Jessica received her master's degree from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and holds a B.A. from Tufts University. She is available for assignments and commissioned projects in New York City and beyond, and is always eager to meet thoughtful collaborators.

Brooklyn, NY


2019 // IWMF Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Grant
2018 // Double Exposure Fledgling Fund, Fellow
2018 // IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, Fellow
2017 // PDN 30 Emerging Photographers, Nominee
2016 // Eddie Adams Workshop XXIX, Selected Participant
2016 // New York Times Portfolio Review, Selected Participant
2016 // Magnum Foundation, Fellow
2015 // Punch Sulzberger Scholar


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 New York Civil Liberties Union, The Consulate General of Ireland, Atlantic Re:Think, Gimlet Creative, Foodable TV

Jessica Bal

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