about Julie jacobs

A life-long fascination with cinema, and particularly film noir, prepared Julie Jacobs for her latest photographic inspiration, Stills in Search of a Movie. At this series' core, too, lies her fondness for the literary works of Raymond Chandler. These two impetuses, together with her astute eye and advanced understanding of light and lighting, currently are taking this popular photographer in an exciting, new direction.

Jacobs’ attraction to film landed her in NYU's film school where she studied and worked in the photography department for three years during the heyday of the 1970s. During this time she was also captivated by the burgeoning of counter-cultures teeming within the City, particularly to the music scene during the early days of Punk. This proved to be her opening into commercial photography. She began taking studio photographs of bands, the first being the B52s. In quick order she was hired by the New York Rocker music journal, with many assignments following from music journals, including Melody Maker and New Music Express for which she photographed top bands such as Blondie and Talking Heads.

After attending classes in a masters degree program, Jacobs returned to film making with her film, No Sense of Crime, a penetrating study of women involved with men on death row. 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. The film was purchased by Bravo and Channel 4 in London.

Jacobs has also enjoyed success as a screenwriter, and wrote six screenplays, all of which were optioned, with one produced and another selected for the Sundance Writers Lab. In spite of her successful attraction to cinematic form, it is photography that remains Jacobs’ greatest interest. Her photographic quests, often met in large format, underscore the mysterious effects of light and dictates of mood.


Julie presently resides in New York's Hudson Valley.

phone: 845.851.8172 • 718.473.4770 • email: info@juliejacobsphotography.com