About Janet Jarman

Janet jarman's in-depth stories on social issues have been featured in the world's leading publications and have won many industry awards. While pushing the boundaries of visual journalism through combinations of still photographs, audio and video, she collaborates with clients who wish to create change through impactful storytelling.

As a child growing up in the South of the United States, I began to express ideas through painting. It was not until age 14, following a family tragedy, when I discovered the power of photography, during a class I took with my father. Photography then helped me analyze life's extreme beauty and its contrasting chaos and darkness. The photographic process made me feel alive and conscious about everything around me, and ever since then, it has been a tool for discovery and analysis and a way to make sense out of our world. 

The diversity of life fascinates me, but I am often angered by human greed and selfishness, which results in a short-term vision for our future. I am committed to addressing issues of inequality, injustice and the environment. My goal is to explore these topics in an honest and thorough manner that will contribute to changing attitudes.

I have come to relish the challenge of exploring situations that are often subtle or abstract, difficult to access and that defy photojournalistic stereotypes. Although I will always stay close to my roots as a still photographer, I have embraced new tools available to visual journalists to harness the power of storytelling through combinations of still photos, audio and video.

My clients include Der Spiegel, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Stern, among others. I have also been commissioned by organizations such as the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ashoka; Innovators For the Public, Open Society Institute and Mexico’s National Health Institute to document the scope of their work in multimedia formats and by Harpo Productions to teach photography at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership School For Girls in South Africa.

My photographs and videos have received industry awards in Pictures of the Year International (POYi), POY Latin America, American Photography, Latin American Fotografía, Communication Arts and PDN Annual. My work has also been shown at Visa Pour l'Image 2013 and has been discussed in a variety of non-traditional photojournalism venues, such as board meetings of large foundations, high school and university seminars and The White House. 


Industry Recognition & Involvement

Awards, exhibitions, workshops and contests

Exhibit, Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT), December 2014 - March 2015

Selected Project , Visa pour l'Image, Perpignan - 2013 Marisol and the American Dream

1st Place, Pictures of the Year Latin America (POY Latam) - 2013 Premio Nuestra Mirada

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Janet is available for speaking engagements, workshops, judging and Exhibition Opportunities



Editorial assignments, corporate commissions, archive sales

The New York Times , Geo, Stern , Der Spiegel, The Wall Street Journal, PepsiCo, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation,

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Kind words from clients, partners and collaborators

The old saying about what we look for in a photographer “an eye, a heart and a brain” all comes together in Janet Jarman. Her strength is her story telling power. Some photographers say they photograph to understand. Janet already understood before she translates her knowledge into photography.

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