b. 1985, USA. Jessie is an Atlanta native.
She graduated from Georgia College & State University in 2008. In 2011, she attended The Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in Paros, Greece. In 2016 she returned to The Aegean Center for a brief residency.
Jessie began shooting in 2006 during college—the same year her mother’s brain tumor recurred, causing her extreme physical handicaps and hinderances in communication and mental awareness. Unprompted, she began documenting her parents' struggle that continued a further seven years. Quickly she understood the camera’s power to explain people, places, stories, and struggles—that it can bring justice or give a voice to the unheard.
That is why she has continued shooting since 2006—and why today she has a particular interest in documenting the displaced and the post-war stories of those who are kind enough to let her into their lives.
Jessie has lived in Iraqi Kurdistan as a freelance photojournalist and worked with a charity documenting their aid to the region's displaced. She hopes to return sometime to document the lives of women affected by Iraq’s long history of conflict.
From March-May 2018 Jessie is driving from San Francisco to New York City to photograph the project, American Journeys, with journalist and writer, Katy Long, telling stories of a nation of immigrants. You can follow their journey via instagram @americanjourneysproject, or the Overseas Development Institute blog here.