A fine art analog photographer, Jessica Kalmar is known for her evocative black and white images that show fragments of details in intimate landscapes; often using the less sophisticated types of cameras, and sometimes adding paint or embroidery to specific areas of the photographs. She develops and prints her own black and white work in a customized darkroom at home. Kalmar’s work has been exhibited in the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast regions. She received the Jefferson Award in 2011 for volunteer work at a day treatment center for adults with developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges. She has been a guest speaker  and instructor of photography in Ohio and the Pittsburgh area. Kalmar was born in Oregon and grew up in Ohio with parents who encouraged traveling and trying new things. So it made sense that directly after high school graduation she joined the United States Navy and served four years in the Pacific Fleet. After an amazing experience of hard work and foreign adventures, she started her education and received a BS from Kent State University and a MFA from Ohio University, as well as a Professional Certificate in photography from Rockport College in Maine. She now resides in rural southwest Pennsylvania with her courageous husband, plump cat, and various wild animals.