Jacque Rupp is bicoastal, growing up in the east, and moving extensively before settling into the Bay Area where she lives today.  Through the elements of documentary and fine art photography she explores the depths of the human experience across cultures searching for deeper understanding of our interrelatedness in her work.  She was an executive in Silicon Valley, recruiting top talent for many years. She holds degrees from SUNY and Santa Clara University and has studied photography extensively at Stanford University, Center for Photographic Arts in Carmel and Santa Fe Workshops.  She has a lifetime interest in the moving image and is on the Advisory Board for UNAFF (United Nations Affiliated Film Festival) at Stanford University.  She is also on the Board of the Weston Collective in Carmel.  She has exhibited at the Center for Photographic Arts in Carmel, Praxis Photo Arts Center, in Minnesota and Foothill College in Los Altos and has won numerous on-line awards.  Jacque received a Merit Award in the June 2020 All About Photo B&W competition.


Artist Statement

As a daughter of a psychologist, I am deeply curious about the human condition. I faced many deaths at an early age witnessing all of the beauty, the courage, the disappointments and the horrors that were part of this. I developed an ability to be fully present, especially in the tough situations, which has defined me as artist. Photography has helped me find joy and solace through these very difficult times.

It’s very personal for me.  It’s always about the people, ordinary people.   I’m drawn by intensity, intimacy and authenticity in my subjects.  I look for a face that is lived in, a spirit I can connect with, a truth that is shared.  Age or gender does not matter.  I push hard to instill emotion and complexity into my storytelling.

I am a consummate learner, always asking “why” as a child.  I still ask why, why not? I am curious about different cultures and places, here and abroad, and weave this sense of wonder into my work.  I search for interesting visual stories that explore our common humanity.  I engage with my subjects, and for a brief moment have a shared experience … and in a sense, I become a part of their world.  This is a “moment” I treasure and take very seriously.  I want to go deep, really see them, and share this knowing in my work.

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