“I am a photographer. But before I ever intended to work with a camera, an invisible force pulled me towards libraries. I learned books were safe. No. Books were friends. I was ten. Fast forward thirty years, and That gravitational force hasn’t stopped. Books became my subjects. And I am now a Library Collection Photographer. Some days I feel I can not only photograph a book, but write one, too. Life has funny ways to make you try different things. In 2016, I became a cancer apprentice. I didn’t write a book about it. Just a blog. I haven’t written only that chapter. There are other writings. Just like I don't photograph only books. There are other photographs. Which reminds me… Once upon a time, my return address was Belo Horizonte. That’s according to the legend. It starts like this: “I was born in Brazil. There was a full moon. It was a Tuesday.”
- Jennifer Cabral
Jennifer Cabral-Pierce was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She holds a BA in Social Communications from Pontific Catholical University of Minas Gerais since 1998. In 2001, she graduated at the School of Fine Arts, Escola Guignard with a certificate in Photography. She relocated to the U.S. in the same year, and attended the Continuing Education Program at The School of Visual Arts in New York. She has been an independent photographer in Central New Jersey for more than fifteen years.
A member of National Press Photographer Association, she started working as a freelance photographer for newspapers in Central New Jersey in 2002. She worked as a Fine Art Photography printer. For 4 years, her printing techniques were used to reproduce negatives from The New York Times' archives and digitized images from publications such as Vanity Fair and Vogue.
Her photography has been exhibited in Brazil and in the U.S.. Some institutions include: The New York Historical Society, NY; National September 11 Memorial & Museum, NY; D&R Greenway Land Trust, NJ; Plainsboro Historical Society Museum, NJ; Arts for Peace Gallery, NY; Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brazil; State University of Minas Gerais, Brazil and Galeria Letras e Expressoes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Her series of photographs about the the aftermath of September 11th, was published into the book Here is New York. A democracy of Pictures, and participated of its traveling international exhibition in 2002.
Since 2010, she holds a permanent position at Princeton University as a Library Collection Photographer for the Rare books and Special Collections division creating imagery for their Digital Library Initiative.
She is currently pursuing a Masters of Information degree at Rutgers School of Communication.
Jennifer Cabral has been featured in publications and institutions in the U.S. and Brazil. Some participations include:
GROUP EXHIBITIONS Breast Cancer Benefit Art Show 2018, PRINCETON | Mercer County Photography 2017 | Mercer County Photography 2015 (Honorable Mention) | Extra-Sensorial Perception, BROOKLYN | New York Historical Society, NYC | National September 11 Memorial & Museum, NYC | D&R Greenway Land Trust, NJ | Plainsboro Historical Society Museum, NJ | Arts for Peace Gallery, NYC | Escola Guignard - Universidade Estadual de MG, Brazil | BOOK Here is New York - Publisher Scala | SOLO EXHIBITIONS Sete Dias Depois - Pontifical Catholic Univesity of Minas Gerais, Brasil | Sections, Gallery "Letras & Expressoes", RIO DE JANEIRO | CULTURAL PROJECTS Arte Postal - Municipal Law for Cultural Incentive, BH, Brazil | Contaminações - Seminar on Contemporary Art, Workshops and exhibitions, Federal University of Minas Gerais | AWARDS Revele Belo Horizonte - (Honorable Mention), PUC-MG | Short Stories - (Honorable Mention), Premio Mario de Andrade, PUC-Minas | CLIENTS & PUBLICATIONS Princeton Packet Publications | American Repertory Ballet Princeton School | SHAC-NJ | Jornal Diario da Tarde | Jornal Estado de Minas | Jornal O Tempo | Jornal Hoje em Dia | Editora Trip | El Pais | Princeton University | ASSOCIATIONS & CERTICATIONS: NPPA-National Press Photographers Association | Phase ONE Certified Professional.