Jessica Chappe (b.1994) is a mixed media storyteller based in Hudson Valley, NY. Her projects focus on how people find belonging through community, place and self. Her work is a social practice; using the oral history method, photography, archives and journalism to expand our understanding of humanity and what keeps us connected.
Chappe graduated from Bard College in 2016 with a BA in photography and a concentration in Human Rights. She was shortlisted in the Open Competition and Alpha Female Awards in the Sony World Photography Awards 2020. Her first photo essay “Inside a 22-Person Pandemic Pod in a Hudson Valley Hotel,” was published in New York Magazine's Curbed section. Since then, she has published several photo essays for the Times Union Hudson Valley focused on communities in the area. Chappe held a residency at Basilica Hudson in 2022 with Annie Reynolds and has taken two intensive workshops with the Oral History Summer School.
She’s worked on the archives of David Hume Kennerly, the Metabolic Studio, Wendy Ewald, Melissa Auf der Maur, and Pete Mauney and is currently assisting both Auf der Maur and Mauney on their upcoming books.