Born in Germany, Jessica Backhaus grew up in an artist's household. At the age of 16, she moved to Paris where she studied photography and visual communications as well as working as a picture editor. In Paris, she meets Gisele Freund, who would become her mentor.
In 1995 her passion for photography drew her to New York, where she started assisting influential photographers. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including The National Portrait Gallery in London and the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.
In Fall 2005 her first book, "Jesus and the Cherries" was published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg.
Jessica Backhaus is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York and by The Photographers' Gallery in London.
Based out of New York, Jessica divides her time and life between Europe and the United States.
Solo and Group Exhibitions
2009-Solo Exhibition, "Transphotographiques 2009", Lille, France.
2008-Solo Exhibition, Schloss Borbeck, Essen, Germany.
2008-Group Exhibition, "Photo50: Untitled Tales", London Art Fair, London, United Kingdom.
2007-Group Exhibition, Art Collection Deutsche Börse-New Acquisitions, Frankfurt, Germany.
2006-Group Exhibition "The Presence of Absence", Gallery W52, New York.
2006-Solo Exhibition "Jesus and the Cherries", Month of Photography, Krakow, Poland.
2006-Group Exhibition, The Photographer's Gallery, London.
2006-Solo Exhibition "Jesus and the Cherries", Kommunale Galerie, Leinwandhaus, Frankfurt, Germany.
2006-Group Exhibition with Bertien van Manen, "Jesus and the Cherries", Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York.
2005-Group Exhibition "After the Fact", Berlin Photography Festival, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany.
2005-Solo Exhibition "Jesus and the Cherries", "Lichtwiesen", Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Germany.
2005-Solo Exhibition "Jesus and the Cherries", Kirsten Roschlaub Gallery, Triennial of Photography, Hamburg.
2005-Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize, The Lowry, Manchester.
2004-Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London.
2003-Solo Exhibibition "Recent Works", Weiden + Kennedy Gallery, Amsterdam.
2001-Group Exhibition "On the road" sponsored by Audi, Stockholm, Sweden.
1998-John Kobal Portrait Award, Midland Art Centre, Birmingham.
1998-John Kobal Portrait Award, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.
1998-John Kobal Portrait Award, The Royal Photographic Society, Bath.
1997-John Kobal Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London.
1997-Group Exhibition "Focus New York" Space Untitled Gallery, New York.