Jessica approaches her subjects with as little preconceived notions as possible, allowing people the space to collaborate with the moment and the place they inhabit. She strives for honesty and to look at things as they are, without artifice or judgement. The result is something that is at once observant and intimate. While her photography is documentary in style, it is led by the possibilities for storytelling and expression within a single frame.
From photographing high-profile public figures to exploring changes in the cultural landscape or reporting at the U.S. and Mexico border, what unites her work is her curiousity, empathy and her ease in shifting between disparate worlds and finding the naturalness in things that do not necessarily belong together.
Jessica was born in 1985 in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles known as the San Gabriel Valley. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Middle East History and is currently living and working between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
A Thousand Words, Tweed Museum of Art (Duluth, Minnesota) May - Dec 2017
UNESCO Journeys to School, United Nations HQ, (New York, NY) March 2013
Tweed Museum of Art (Duluth, Minnesota)
Together We Rise: The Women's March, Published by Harper Collins, Jan 2018
Journeys to School, Published by UNESCO, July 2013
Press / Interviews
The Heavy Collective
Mull It Over
Selected Client List
The New York Times Magazine
California Sunday Magazine
The New York Times
Al Jazeera English
Roads and Kingdom
The Hollywood Reporter