Jessica Backhaus was born in 1970 in Cuxhaven, Germany. She
moved to Paris at the age of sixteen, where she studied visual
communication and photography and worked as a picture editor. Eight
years later her passion for photography drew her to New York, where
she assisted photographers and developed her own style.
Focusing on quiet moments and easily overlooked details, Jessica
Backhaus' visual language is intimate and delicate. She worked for
four years on the project that resulted in her first book,
Jesus and the Cherries (Kehrer Verlag, 2005) which
portrays in vivid colours the simple life in the small Polish town
of Netno, where her family had bought a farmhouse.
In 2008 Jessica Backhaus published two books, What Still
Remains, a photo series of 65 works created since 2006 in
various locations and One Day in November, a visual
tribute to her friend and mentor, the photographer Gisèle
Jessica Backhaus' work has been shown in numerous solo and group
exhibitions, including shows in The National Portrait Gallery in
London and the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. She is represented by
Laurence Miller Gallery in New York, Robert Morat Galerie in
Hamburg and The Photographers' Gallery in London.
Jessica lives and works in Berlin.