Fellow: Awarded 2019
Field of Study: Film - Video
Competition: US & Canada
Jessica Dimmock is a New York based photographer and filmmaker whose work specializes in specific and often misunderstood communities. After studying at the International Center of Photography she published her first work, The Ninth Floor, which followed a group of addicts living in the apartment of a former millionaire in the Flatiron district of NY. The project went on to win numerous international awards, including the Inge Morath Award from Magnum, the F Award for Concerned Photography from Fabrica and Forma and the Juror’s Choice Award from Review Santa Fe. The Ninth Floor was published as a monograph by Contrasto and was exhibited at galleries and museums internationally, including Aperture, Foam - The Photography Museum of Amsterdam, Foley Gallery, Kunsthaus Dresden and Forma, The International Center of Photography in Milan. The work was also featured in Martin Parr’s The Photobook: A History Volume III (Phaidon). She joined the prestigious VII agency in 2008. Other photographic work has earned her 3 World Press Photo Awards, The Infinity Award for Photojournalist of the Year from The International Center of Photography, and the inclusion of her work in the show Paparazzi! at The Centre Pompidou in Metz, France.
Jessica’s work in filmmaking began in 2010 when the artist Moby commissioned her to direct the music video for the title song of his Album “Wait For Me.” From there, Jessica was the cinematographer and producer on the Independent Spirit Award winning feature WITHOUT (dir. Mark Jackson) for which she received the Kodak Award for Best Cinematography.
Jessica began working with the senior transgender population in 2012 when she directed her debut feature, The Pearl, which follows the lives of 4 transgender women over the course of 3 years as they come out in their senior years. The film landed her in Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” and a fellowship from the Sundance Documentary Fund. She also received a New York State Council of the Arts grant and support from the Ford Foundation. The film premiered at True/False and received the Grand Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival. Jessica returned to the same community to make the short film The Convention which won a World Press Photo Award in 2017.
Jessica is the co-director of the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary series Flint Town which follows the underfunded and understaffed Flint Police Department during a year of crisis both in the city and nationally. The series was nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award, an IDA award and a Cinema Eye Honors, all in the category of best episodic documentary.
Before her career in photography and filmmaking Jessica was a public school teacher in Brooklyn.