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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, first as a photographer and then 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. She also trained in multimedia production at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.

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.

Brooklyn, NY


2017 // PDN 30 Emerging Photographers, Nominee

2016 // New York Times Portfolio Review, Participant

2016 // Magnum Foundation Fellow

2015 // Punch Sulzberger Scholar


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

2014 // Deputy Photo Editor, Narratively, Brooklyn, NY

2010 // Intern, The Boston Globe, Boston, MA

2009 // Intern, The Cambridge Chronicle, Somerville, MA


2016 // Eddie Adams Workshop XXIX, Jeffersonville, NY

2015 // MA, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY

2013 // Multimedia Intensive, Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Portland, ME

2010 // BA, Tufts University, Medford, MA

2009 // EXPOSURE Photojournalism Workshop, Boston, MA


2016 // New York Stories, "Hoboken Go Bragh,” Photoville, Brooklyn, NY