About Rachel

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Rachel is a proud Iowan, born in Waterloo and bred in Iowa City. She attended the University of Iowa where she received her B.A. in Spanish and Linguistics with a TEFL emphasis, all the while working tirelessly as a photographer and photo editor for the independent university newspaper, The Daily Iowan.

After graduating, she photographed/photo-edited/freelanced for Little Village magazine, the Corridor Business JournalThe Hawk EyeThe Press-Citizen, and The Des Moines Register. Rachel also worked as an assistant for a couple years for VII Photo's Danny Wilcox Frazier, a documentary photographer based in Iowa City. For Danny, she processed and scanned negatives for major projects, assisted on and performed basic toning for assignments, and happily did whatever else he may have needed (she got really good at spraying water on baby cockroaches that his son was raising).

Rachel recently received her MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University (May 2018), taught an Intro to Digital Photography course at Duke, and has been selected as the 2018-19 William G. Gedney intern at the Archive of Documentary Arts at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. During her tenure at Duke, she was awarded the Kenan Institute for Ethics Graduate Arts fellowship. 

This year, Rachel was featured in an interview with Jess T. Dugan on Strange Fire Collective, and has been selected as a regional artist for the Durham installation of Photoville's The Fence. She will participate in the Eddie Adams Workshop (XXXI) this October.

She can be reached by email at rachjessen@gmail.com and by phone at 319.329.4314—she'd love to work for/collaborate with you. Feel free to follow her on Instagram @rcjessen.