Jessica Backhaus was born in 1970 in Cuxhaven and grew up in Berlin. She is a German-American photographer, whose work focuses on objects and situations of everyday life. Backhaus’s work is usually documented and staged in colour photographs.

When Jessica Backhaus was sixteen, she went to Paris as an exchange student and stayed there. After graduating, she started studying visual communication. In 1990, Backhaus began dealing with the work of Gisele Freund (a Franco-German photographer and photo historian). Two years later, Jessica Backhaus met Freund at a conference and became friends. In 1995, after completing her studies, Backhaus moved to New York where she was able to assist photographers and start her own projects. While she lived in America, Jessica Backhaus often travelled to Poland to visit her mother and during her visits, she managed to take several photos. She also made a photoband which was published in 2005, called: Jesus and the Cherries. Three years later, Backhaus decided to leave New York and to go back to Germany.

Jesus and the Cherries was Backhaus’s first publication. It was published by Kehrer Verlag (a publisher of books and fine-art). Backhaus created many more publications, her latest one was published in 2014 and it was called Women Photographers. This publication was published three years ago by Boris Friedewald.

Jessica Backhaus, has done many Individual exhibitions. Her first one was in 2005, the same year as the publication of Jesus and the Cherries. In fact, this exhibition was also called Jesus and the Cherries and it took place in the Kirsten Roschlaub Gallery, in Hamburg, Germany. Backhaus’s last exhibition took place in 2014 in the Micamera Gallery in Milan, Italy. The exhibition was called Once, still and forever. 

Jessica Backhaus also had many collections. One of them was at The Museum of Fine Arts, in Houston, Texas, United States.

All the pictures in this page are by Jessica Backhaus. All rights reserved to the author.

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