Fine art photographer Jessica Kalmar's evocative black and white images connect the viewer to otherwise forgotten details in a seemingly shared world. She is primarily an analog photographer with a customized darkroom at home. Much of her photographic work incorporates other elements suh as paint or embroidery, and she is more partial to the less sophisticated types of cameras and lenses; when all combined help to articulate a message of wavering familiarity. Jessica's photographic work has been exhibited in the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast regions, and is found in a handful of public and private collections.
In 2008 Jessica started a photo-therapy group at a Pittsburgh based day treatment center for adults with developmental disabilities and behavioural health challenges where she was nominated for and won the Jefferson Award in 2011. She continues to volunteer at the center. Jessica started teaching photography in higher education in 2005 and has been a guest speaker and guest instructor in southern Ohio and the Pittsburgh area.
Jessica was born in Oregon and grew up in Ohio with parents who encouraged traveling and experiencing life. Directly after high school graduation she joined the United States Navy and served four years in the Pacific Fleet on two now decommissioned auxiliary ships. Upon separation, Jessica earned an honorable discharge as a MM3. She then focused on education and received a BS from Kent State University, a Professional Certificate in photography from Rockport College in Maine, and a MFA from Ohio University. Jessica now resides in rural south west Pennsylvania with her courageous husband David, a plump cat named Rusty, and a rescued kitten named Rocky.