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Jessica Brandi Lifland is a freelance photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please visit her website at

Jessica Brandi Lifland

Jessica Brandi Lifland is a San Francisco-based photographer with almost 15 years of experience as a photojournalist working all over the United States and internationally in such places as Kosovo, Burma, Italy and most recently Jordan and Palestine. Her work appears nationally and internationally in publications including The New York Times, USA Today, The Toronto Star, Newsweek, Time, Forbes and Le Monde. She is represented by Polaris Images Agency.


About 8 years ago Jessica expanded her repertoire to include wedding & family portrait photography and has taken on corporate and non-profit work as well. Some of her clients include Cisco Systems, Adobe Systems, Contra Costa County, Fresno Community Medical Centers. Operation Smile and the United Nations Office for Project Services, UNOPS. In all of her work, her style remains true to her documentary vision defined by her photojournalism career.

She is an instructor of photojournalism at San Francisco City College and also teaches with Panasonic’s Digital Photo Academy. She is also the founder and director of San Francisco’s popular monthly Photonight.


Prior to freelancing, Jessica held staff positions with the Evansville, Indiana Courier & Press and with The Contra Costa Newspaper Group. She earned a masters degree in photojournalism from Ohio University School of Visual Communications, a bachelors of fine arts in photography and bachelors in art history from Cornell University. She did internships at Long Island’s Newsday, The Denver Post and the Boulder Daily Camera. She is originally from Lawrence, New York

She has won numerous awards, and has been exhibited in group shows and in individual shows around the country. Her book projects include participation in the America 24/7 project; Extreme Digital Photography; Long Island: Our Story; The Great Divide; and We Do.


To stay true to her passion for pure reportage, lately Jessica has been working on a personal project
documenting the lives of the Cowboy Poets of the American West. She has been the official photographer for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for the past 4 years.

She is available for assignments internationally

Written by Jessica Brandi Lifland

July 22, 2008 at 8:23 pm

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  1. jessica,
    i saw your name and visited your site. lifland is not a common name so i wondered if we might somehow be related. i was born in brooklyn,ny in 1953. mom and dad are burt and elaine lifland and grandparents are joseph and caroline lifland. there’s apparently a large lifland clan in new jersey. ring any bells?

    howard lifland

    howard lifland

    March 10, 2009 at 11:12 pm

  2. 🙂
    nice blog….

    with love..


    June 14, 2009 at 6:04 pm

  3. It looks as though you have had this question before regarding the name Lifland. Are you by chance related to a Lori Lifland? I worked with her in the textile industry back in the mid to late 80’s and was wondering if you were related. She lived in Montclair NJ for some time and for some reason you look like her sister. If you are related do you know how I may be able to get in touch with Lori? She married and had children and then I had moved away to the Northwest and at that time we had lost touch.I would appreciate your reply. I have a painting of hers that I know she would love having back.
    thank you

    christine simeone

    July 25, 2010 at 7:55 am

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