Jacque Rupp is a social documentary photographer residing in Silicon Valley. She is curious and playful. Jacque finds beauty in everyday life. She can walk into a new situation and quickly connect and build trust with her subject, which she learned from constant moving and traveling since her early childhood. Photography has always played an important role in her life, both admiring the images of others and producing her own. The camera is a creative tool that allows Jacque to capture her experiences and share what she sees with her viewers.
Jacque picked up her first camera, a Rollei, in her teens and immediately fell in love with the entire process. She started with film, working in the dark room. She continued to develop her skills over the years–studying with many notable photographers and photojournalists including Nevada Wier, Catherine Karnow, Peter Turnley and Arthur Meyerson. Her work is inspired by Sebastião Salgado, Dorothea Lange, Reza and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Jacque was an executive in the tech industry, responsible for recruiting top talent for many years. Interviewing and learning about people’s stories and “what makes them tick” fits directly into her style of photography. Jacque goes deep, looking to capture the human spirt by using layers, complexity, and emotion in her work.
She is currently a photography assistant to Mark Tuschman working on the “Immigrants are US” project. This project includes interviews and photographs of over 100 immigrants from all walks of life, creating a traveling photo essay to share their stories of resilience and courage in the difficult current political environment.
It’s always about the people. It’s very personal for me. 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 does not matter. I am always seeking a sense of place, and I push hard to instill emotion into my storytelling.
I am curious about different cultures, here and abroad, and search for interesting visual stories that tell us something about everyday people in everyday life. I engage with my subjects, and for a brief moment have a shared experience, and in a sense become a part of their world. I want you, the viewer, to experience this as well. I consider this “moment” to be an honor, and accordingly treat my subjects with the utmost dignity and respect. I strive to show common humanity and the universal spirit that binds us.
We often have an initial sense of fear around differences and dissimilarity between people. I endeavor to have my viewer follow my path, move through this fear and replace it with a sense of truth and wonder. When this happens, a simple connection is often born, and that provides me with a sense of fulfillment in my art.