Julie Jacobs

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Native to Chicago, Julie Jacobs studied at NYU’s film school plus worked four years in the photography department helping students improve their darkroom skills. During this heyday of the 1970s, she was captivated by the burgeoning counter-cultures teeming within New York City and particularly by the music scene during the early days of Punk. This became her opening into commercial photography when, after taking studio photographs of bands such as the B52s, she was quickly hired by the New York Rocker music journal. More assignments followed from music journals including Melody Maker and New Music Express, for which she photographed top bands including Blondie and Talking Heads.

While back in Chicago pursuing a Master’s Degree in the Art Institute’s photography program, her film No Sense of Crime, a powerful study of women who developed romantic relationships and obsessions with men on death row, was admired for its exceptional and disturbing images. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was selected by the Edinburgh Film Festival, the American Film Festival, the Cork Film Festival and the Centre Pompidou. Bravo and Channel 4 in London purchased the film. In addition, Julie has enjoyed success as a screenwriter. All six of her screenplays were optioned, one was produced, and one was selected for the Sundance Writers Lab.

Also Julie’s photography has met with prize-winning success, with numerous shows at galleries such as The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO, and Bau Gallery, The Blue Door Gallery and The Garrison Art Center in New York. Though first focusing her creative eye on compositions inherent in the natural world and her own surroundings, Julie’s most recent work is a much more personal offering, capturing pictorially the subliminal effects of childhood and the past.