About the artist

Jenna Mulhall-Brereton is a both a photographer and a professional in the philanthropy sector—two passions that are fueled by her travels throughout the world. With a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish and a master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, she has always had a strong interest in intercultural communication, and brings this perspective to her photographic work.

Jenna’s work is rooted in the documentary tradition, and she most often shoots in black and white. For her, this boils down what is most essential in an image—a graphic quality, a gesture, a subtle expression, a quality of light. She maintains a deep and abiding love of film, and prints her images by hand in an analog darkroom. She has been working this way since she first became a photographer, nearly twenty years ago, and has been fortunate to study with master printmaker Chuck Kelton.

Jenna has also had the opportunity to learn from extraordinary photographers including Peter Turnley, Ron Haviv, and Chris Rainier. She is especially grateful to have been able to call Mary Ellen Mark both mentor and friend—as well as an enduring inspiration.

Her photographs have appeared in juried exhibitions throughout the US, and in a variety of publications, including the book published by Aperture: Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment.

In the coming year, Jenna will once again be traveling to Mexico to photograph the sacred rituals of Day of the Dead. She is also in the planning stages for a US-based project that will explore the ways in which cultural identity is preserved, expressed, and interpreted by immigrant communities.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Emerald Art Center, 2017 National Juried Photography Competition and Exhibition, Springfield, OR (2017)
Plymouth Center for the Arts, “Fine Art of Photography Exhibition”, Plymouth, MA (2017)
Allegany Arts Council, National Photography Competition and Exhibition, Cumberland, MD (2017)
Photographic Center Northwest, 21st Juried Photography Exhibition, Seattle, WA (2017)
Griffin Museum of Photography, “Aviary”, Boston, MA (2017)
Los Angeles Center of Photography, “Street Shooting Around the World”, Los Angeles, CA (2017)
Soho Photo Gallery, National Competition and Exhibition, New York, NY (2016)
Plymouth Center for the Arts, “Fine Art of Photography Exhibition”, Plymouth, MA (2016)
Allegany National Photography Competition and Exhibition, Cumberland, MD (2016)
Onward Compe, 2016, International Photography Competition, Philadelphia, PA (2016)
Barrett Art Center, “Photowork”, National Juried Photography Exhibition, Poughkeepsie, NY (2016)
Centro Fotografico Manuel Alvarez Bravo, “Taller Mary Ellen Mark”, Oaxaca, Mexico (2016)
Haverford College, “Positive: Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda”, Haverford, PA (2008)
Centennial Hall Gallery, Haverford School, Haverford, PA, solo show (2006)
Sabine Rose Gallery, “Visionaries 2002”, Doylestown, PA (2003)
DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA (2002)
Perkins Art Memorial, Morristown, NJ (2003)
University of the Arts, “Pleasures and Terrors of the City”, Philadelphia, PA (2001)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (PRINT AND ONLINE)
Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment (Aperture: 2015)
The Freedom Fund
Walk Free Foundation
Philanthropy Age magazine
Geneva Global, Inc.
Capital for Good
The Financial Times
The Organization of American States
Pro Mujer International
Whole Foods Foundation
Kashi
The Women's International Perspective
International Museum of Women (Global Fund for Women)
Heifer International

RECENT RECOGNITION  
Honorable mention: Emerald Art Center, 2017 National Juried Photography Competition and Exhibition (2017)
Finalist: Critical Mass, PhotoLucida (2017)
Member of the Month, September: Los Angeles Center of Photography (2017)
Third prize: Los Angeles Center of Photography, "Street Shooting Around the World" (2017)
Finalist: 9th Annual Pollux Award (2016)
Second prize: Soho Photo Gallery, National Competition and Exhibition, New York , NY (2016) 
Honorable mention: Allegany National Photography Competition and Exhibition (2016)
Finalist: Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers (2015)

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS 
Chuck Kelton, Advanced Silver Gelatin Printmaking (October 2015-Present)  
Mary Ellen Mark, Oaxaca, Mexico (February 2015 and June-July, 2011) 
Mary Ellen Mark, The Center for Photography at Woodstock (August 2014) 
Peter Turnley, Cuba (April 2014)  
Ron Haviv, Photojournalism, Maine Media Workshops (August 2013)   
Mary Ellen Mark, Master Critique, International Center of Photography (April 2013)
Brian Young, Printmaking, International Center of Photography, New York (June-July 2006)  
Photographing for World Relief Organizations, Uganda, Maine Media Workshops (October 2005)  
Chris Rainier, Maine Media Workshops (June 2003)