Born in 1970 in Cuxhaven, Germany, Jessica Backhaus studied photography and visual communications in Paris before moving to New York to assist photographers. She now lives and works in Berlin. It was her encounter with mentor Gisèle Freund, in 1992, that sparked her passion for the medium. Since then, she has been developing a diverse body of work, exploring various aesthetics, such as minimalism, portraiture, still-life and – more recently – abstraction. She published several photo books (Jesus and the Cherries in 2005, Once, still and forever in 2012, Cut Outs in 2021…) and exhibited her projects in Germany as well as abroad (at the National Portrait Gallery of London, the Martin Gropius-Bau of Berlin, etc.) Her creations are also part of many prominent collections. Amongst them, Taunus Sparkasse (Germany), ING Art Collection (Belgium), ou encore Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts (USA).