About the artist

Photo credit: Stephen Perloff

Photo credit: Stephen Perloff

Jenna Mulhall-Brereton explores cultural identity and expression through her work. Grounded by a strong interest in what is meaningful to communities and cultures and how those values are expressed, she is intrigued equally by that which is universal—the powerful beauty of everyday moments of human connection—and by the unique expressions of a particular culture. It is her intention that viewers will encounter—and bring curiosity to—both the familiar and the unfamiliar in her photographic work.

Mulhall-Brereton’s work is rooted in the documentary storytelling tradition, and she primarily works in black and white. For her, this distills 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 a traditional darkroom. She has been producing her work in this manner since she first became a photographer twenty years ago, and has been fortunate to study with master printmaker Chuck Kelton, of Kelton Labs.

Mulhall-Brereton 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.

Mulhall-Brereton’s photographs have appeared in juried exhibitions throughout the US and in a variety of publications, including Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment (Aperture Foundation, 2015).

With a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish and a master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, Mulhall-Brereton brings the perspective of intercultural communication to her photographic work and how it is shared and experienced within communities. 


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

Sacred/Sagrado: Festivals of Mexico, Pearl S. Buck International, Perkasie, PA (2018) 
Positive: Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda, Haverford College, Haverford PA (2008)  
Joy: Unexpected, Centennial Hall Gallery, Haverford School, Haverford PA (2004) 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

El Barrio’s Art Space PS109, “Women Street Photographers,” New York, NY (2019) upcoming (December)
Photosynthesis Gallery, “Women Street Photographers,” Sofia, Bulgaria (2019)
Southeast Center for Photography: “Southeast Center Open,” Greenville, SC (2019) 
Photographic Center Northwest,  22nd Juried Photography Exhibition, Seattle, WA (2019) 
Soho Photo Gallery, 2018 National Competition, Manhattan, NY (2018) 
PhotoPlace Gallery, “Black and White,” Middlebury, VT (2018)  
Emerald Art Center, National Juried Photography Competition and Exhibition, Springfield, OR (2017) 
Plymouth Center for the Arts, “Fine Art of Photography,” Plymouth, MA (2017) 
Alleghany 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) 
SohoPhoto Gallery National Competition and Exhibition, New York, NY (2016) 
Plymouth Center for the Arts, “Fine Art of Photography Exhibition,” Plymouth, MA (2016) 
Alleghany National Photography Competition and Exhibition, Cumberland, MD (2016) 
Project Basho, “Onward Compé ’16,” International Photography Competition, Philadelphia, PA (2016)  
Barrett Art Center, “Photowork,” National Juried Photography Exhibition, Poughkeepsie, NY (2016)  
Centro Fotográfico Manuel Alvarez Bravo, “Taller Mary Ellen Mark”, Oaxaca, Mexico (2016)  
Sabine Rose Gallery, “Visionaries 2002,” Doylestown, PA (2002)  
DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia (2002)  
Perkins Art Memorial, Moorestown, NJ (2002)  
University of the Arts, “Pleasures and Terrors of the City,” Philadelphia, PA (2000)  

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (print and online)  

AAP Magazine
The Sun Magazine
Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment 
(Aperture: 2015) 
Social Documentary Network 
The Organization of American States 
International Museum of Women 
Philanthropy Age magazine 
The Women’s International Perspective 
Heifer International 
Pro Mujer International 
Whole Foods Foundation 
Kashi Foods 
The Freedom Fund 
Walk Free Foundation 
Geneva Global 
Capital for Good 

 

RELEVANT RECENT RECOGNITION  

 Honorable mention: Emerald Art Center, 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: Alleghany National Photography Competition and Exhibition (2016) 
Finalist: Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers (2015) 
Second Prize: SohoPhoto Gallery National Competition (2016) 
Honorable Mention: Alleghany National Photography Competition and Exhibition, (2016) 
Finalist: Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers (2015)  

 

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS  

 Maggie Steber, Oaxaca, Mexico (2018) 
Chuck Kelton, Advanced Silver Gelatin Printmaking (2016-2017)  
Mary Ellen Mark, Oaxaca, Mexico (2011, 2015)  
Mary Ellen Mark, The Center for Photography at Woodstock (2014)  
Peter Turnley, Cuba (2014)  
Ron Haviv, Photojournalism, Maine Media Workshops (2013)   
Mary Ellen Mark, Master Critique, International Center of Photography (2013)  
Master Printmaking, International Center of Photography, New York (2006)  
Photographing for World Relief Organizations, Uganda, Maine Media Workshops (2005)  
Master Class, Chris Rainier, Maine Media Workshops (2003)  

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

Photobook Reviewer, Zeke: The Magazine of Global Documentary   

 

EDUCATION 

 Arcadia University, Arcadia, PA: Master of Arts, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, 2008 
Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Développement, Geneva, Switzerland: Certificate in International Governance, 2007 
Bryn Mawr College, Bachelor of Arts, French and Spanish, 1996