Jan Kessel is a nature photographer now based in the PNW. In her youth, she won UNICEF’s Child of the Year international competition. Kessel is especially interested in using photography in healing, and her work can be found in medical and non-medical spaces around the world. Her photographs are included in the LA Art Association Open Show (juried by Peter Frank, December 2021), the 21st Japan International Art Exchange Exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (juried by Julienne Johnson, April 2022), the Anacortes Arts Festival Juried Fine Art Show (juried by Greg Robinson, August 2022). Jan is also part of an upcoming 2023 use of her photos as part of a juried public art partnership between Photographic Center NW/ King County WA Metro, where her photos will be murals in public spaces. Jan’s photos are included in the upcoming 22nd Japan International Art Exchange Exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (juried by Julienne Johnson, June 2023)
I have held a camera in my hands all of my life. It's the magic in nature that speaks to me. With my photography, I try and capture the beauty I see, so others can see it too. I photograph the natural world. Whether a beautiful landscape, the magic of flowers and color, or an abstract photograph, the world can be seen and experienced in a new way. A native of Los Angeles, I now live in the majestic Pacific Northwest. I also love to travel and be in the ocean. I am constantly inspired and restored by the beauty of nature.