German-American, b. 1970
Jessica Backhaus was born in Cuxhaven, Germany in 1970 and grew up in an artistic family. At the age of sixteen, she moved to Paris, where she later studied photography and visual communications. Backhaus met famed photographer Gisele Freund in Paris in 1992. Freund was an important mentor and major source of inspiration for Backhaus’ early work. In 1995, Backhaus’ passion for photography drew her to New York, where she assisted photographers, pursued her own projects and lived until 2009.
Based in Berlin, Backhaus divides her time between Europe and the United States.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, United States
Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Collection, Akron, Ohio, United States
Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany
ING Art Collection, Belgium
Margulies Collection, Miami, Florida, United States
Fond National d’Art Contemporain (FNAC), France
Alexander Tutsek Foundation, Germany
Artothèque de Passac, France
Art Collection, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, United States