Thilde Jensen

Thilde Jensen

Fellow: Awarded 2017

Field of Study: Photography

Competition: US & Canada


Thilde Jensen was born in Denmark and moved to New York City in 1997. Six years later her life and career as a documentary and editorial photographer was cut short by a sudden development of severe Environmental Illness. The urban life she had previously navigated with ease now transformed into a toxic war zone. Her immune system crashed unraveling the comfort and structure of her previous life. The struggle to survive took Jensen into a hyper-sensitive world that she never knew existed, to capture the harsh realities of those afflicted like her.

Thilde Jensen's first monograph The Canaries about Environmental Illness was published in 2013 and has since received international acclaim. The Canaries was shortlisted for the Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation First Photobook Award 2013, longlisted for the Kraszna- Krausz Book Awards 2014 and nominated for the Kassel Best Photobook Award 2014. The Canaries is in the collections at MoMA and SFMOMA.

Her work has been featured in The New York Times, FT Magazine (UK), Il manifesto (Italy),De Standaard (Belgium), Esquire Russia,, Vision Magazine (China), Business Insider, and selected for's Best Photography Shows of 2012.

Thilde Jensen is a NYFA Fellowship and Light Work Grant recipient.

Her most recent work The Unwanted focuses on homelessness in America. Follow this link to view her work, featured in the British Journal of Photography.