Jessica Rotkiewicz


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Brief Bio:

I have been intrigued with photography for over 17 years; I took my first black and white photography workshop in high school. I continued to pursue photography throughout high school, learning field photography techniques and traditional darkroom methods, I still consider traditional practices the best way to learn the basics of photography. Beginning with an all-manual camera and black and white film forces the photographer to make all the decisions and requires a solid understanding of light and composition, vital components of any good photograph.

At the college level, I began to explore digital photography and incorporated it into my major. During my freshman year, I took the initiative to found a Photography Club and began advocating for an on-campus darkroom, a dream that became a reality in my senior year. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications in the May of 2004. I have worked in Vermont as a freelance photographer and as an art director for a local weekly paper.

In July of 2008, I went back to school to obtain my master's degree in photojournalism through Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Communications. I am passionate about my photojournalism work and long-term documentary projects. To enhance my storytelling skills and to gain experience working abroad, I chose to finish my last semester of graduate school, this past fall, in London, England. Currently, I am working as a multimedia producer at Newsday on Long Island.

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