Jessica Earnshaw is a documentary photographer & filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work focuses on criminal justice, healthcare and music. Her photography has appeared in National Geographic, The Marshall Project, Mother Jones Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, amongst others.

In 2015, she received the prestigious Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation Fellowship & Grant to photograph aging in American prisons. During this project, she received unique unrestricted access in Maine State prisons and an Indiana State prison. In 2016, her Aging in Prison work received an honorable mention by FotoVisura Grant, was published in National Geographic, Huffington Post and PDN Magazine and named one of the most interesting photo essays of the week by Buzzfeed. 

Jessica is also directing / producing a feature documentary in post-production, executive produced by Impact Partners. It has participated in the Hot Docs Forum, Points North Fellowship, TFI/A&E IndieFilms Story Lab, IFP Project Forum and is slated for release in 2020. 


Jessica is a graduate of the International Center of Photography's photojournalism program (New York, New York), and later worked as a junior photo editor at TIME Magazine. Prior to this, she studied documentary filmmaking at The Gulf Islands Film & Television School (British Columbia, Canada), and Film Production at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada).