Jessica Bal is a documentary photographer and filmmaker working on stories that explore women’s issues and representations of gender and identity. Her work has been published by The New York Times, VICE, The Miami Herald, Narratively, WIRED, The Boston Globe and others. She spent two years working for Narratively as a photo editor. The site was awarded "Best Website" by Pictures of the Year International and named one of TIME's top 50 websites during her tenure.
In 2016, she received a Magnum Foundation Fellowship and was invited to participate in the New York Portfolio Review and the Eddie Adams Workshop. Jessica received her master's degree from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in 2015 and holds a B.A. from Tufts University.
Jessica has produced work for clients such as eBay, The New School, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Wilson Center, The New York Civil Liberties Union, The Consulate General of Ireland, Bonnaroo, and the branded content studios of Gimlet Media and The Atlantic. She is available for assignments and commissioned projects in New York City and beyond, and is always eager to meet thoughtful collaborators.
2017 // PDN 30 Emerging Photographers, Nominee
2016 // New York Times Portfolio Review, Participant
2016 // Magnum Foundation Fellow
2015 // Punch Sulzberger
2017 // Education Day Associate, Photoville (Brooklyn, NY)
2017 // Livestream Director, Magnum Foundation PhotoEx Symposium (New York, NY)
2017 // Photo Editor, Women in the World Summit (New York, NY)
2015 // Photo & Video Intern, The Miami Herald (Miami, FL)
2012 - 2014 // Deputy Photo Editor, Narratively (Brooklyn, NY)
2010 // Intern, The Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
2009 // Intern, The Cambridge
Chronicle (Somerville, MA)
EDUCATION2015 // M.A. CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (New York, NY)
2016 // Eddie Adams Workshop XXIX (Jeffersonville, NY)
2013 // Salt Institute for Documentary Studies (Portland, ME)
2009 // EXPOSURE Photojournalism Workshop (Boston, MA)
2016 // New York Stories, "Hoboken
Go Bragh,” Photoville (Brooklyn, NY)