I am a contemporary photographer, with an interest in themes revolving around addictions, “serious leisure”, and altered realities. My projects are influenced by documentary work and although they do not fall into the traditional category of “photojournalism”, I still serve to reveal the lives of others, often with a socially conscious undertone.
My approach requires researching communities of people to find a way to access and them speak about them, visually, with the use of photography. I place myself into a society of researched strangers, to connect with them with intimacy in order to understand their lives. I photograph them in both a candid and a structured way, which sometimes extends the my work as a documentarian into the realm of contemporary art photographer.
Jen Osborne is a Canadian documentary photographer whose work has been published and exhibited internationally. She was raised on Vancouver Island, in small-town Courtenay. Her career as a photographer was kick-started by a yearlong work contract with Fabrica, the United COLORS of Benetton Research Centre, in 2008.
Jennifer has exhibited in group shows at various venues including: Arles 2010, Aperture Gallery, The Museum de l’Elysée, Studio La Città, Azzedine Alaïa, Art Basel Miami, Catalog Gallery and CarréRotondes. She was recently named one of Canada's top emerging photographers by the Magenta Foundation and is a part of the ReGeneration2 book publication and exhibition.
Jennifer is also an ex- mental health worker from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and has an interest in portraying people who suffer from addictions of all types - whether it be Internet, beauty, drug or cultural. Jennifer currently resides in Berlin, Germany, where she continues to work as a freelance photographer and produce personal work.
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