Bio | Jackie Alpers | Food Photographer | Food Writer

Portrait of food photographer Jackie Alpers in her Tucson, Arizona kitchen

Education

1991 Columbus College of Art and Design, BFA, photography

Exhibitions and Awards

2009  The Spirit World, New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, Juror Russell Joslin

2009  Idea of Self, Center for Fine Art Photography, Juror Susan Zadeh

2008  Black & White Spider Award

2008  International Photography Award (IPA Lucie Award) – Food and Portraiture

2008  Society of Photographers, 6×6 Exhibition, Rooke Gallery, South Africa

2007  International Photography Award (IPA Lucie Award) – Portraiture

2007  The Center for Fine Art Photography, Denver Int. Airport Invitational

2007  Volitant Gallery, Austin, “Tunnel Vision: Parading Down the Aisle

2006  American Society of Media Photographers – Environmental portraiture

2005  Caladan Gallery, “Myths, Mystery and Ritual: A Portal into the Night”

2004  Black and White Spider Awards, Merit of Excellence – Fashion

2004  The Nocturnes, Best of the Nocturnes

2003  The Nocturnes, Surrealism Show, Honorable Mention

2003  Texas Photographic Society, Members Only Show

2002  MetroForm Limited, Tucson, AZ, Solo Exhibition

2002  River City Silver, San Antonio, TX

2002  Inside Space, London, England

2002  Nexus Gallery, New York City, NY, “Photography 2002”

2001  Mesa Contemporary Arts, AZ, “Stare Photographic Survey”,

Purchase Award

2001  Robert Caniga Gallery, Eugene OR. “Totally Nude” Group Exhibition

2001  London Photographic Award, Bronze Medal

Featured Web Exhibitions

2007  International Museum of Women, Imagining Ourselves

2006  File Magazine, Featured Project, Conventions

2002  Photobetty, Featured Photographer

2001  Photo-Pro Magazine, Feature Article

2001  ZoneZero, Mexico City

2001  Art in Context, NY, NY

2001  Photo Box, Slovak Republic

Bibliography

2009  Vanilla Ride, Knopf – cover photograph

2008  Tucson Weekly – Interview

2008  Supergirls Speak Out: Inside the Secret Crisis of Overachieving Girls, Simon &  Schuster, Cover Photograph

2008  American Photography 24

2008  The World’s a Mom: Celebrating Motherhood, Author & Photo Editor

2007  American Photography 23

2007  Heartsick, St. Martin’s Minotaur, Cover Photograph

2007  How Magazine – Interview

2007  Area of Design – Interview

2006  Pesach for the Rest of Us, Random House, Cover Photography

2006  F-shop Magazine, Cover and Feature Article

2006  Creatively Self Employed, Contributing Writer

2005  Photo District News – Interview

2005  Mad Magazine, October issue

2004  Arizona 24/7, contributing Photography

2001  The Photo Review, Volume 24, Issue 3. Langhorne, PA

1998  Water Marked by Helen Lee, Scribner Books, Cover photography

1997  Unearned Pleasures & Other Short Stories by Ursula Hegi, Simon & Schuster,   Cover photographyJackie Alpers is an award winning photographer whose images are used in commissioned advertising campaigns, magazine articles, cookbooks and book cover illustrations

Education

1991 Columbus College of Art and Design, BFA, photography

Exhibitions and Awards

2009  The Spirit World, New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, Juror Russell Joslin

2009  Idea of Self, Center for Fine Art Photography, Juror Susan Zadeh

2008  Black & White Spider Award

2008  International Photography Award (IPA Lucie Award) – Food and Portraiture

2008  Society of Photographers, 6×6 Exhibition, Rooke Gallery, South Africa

2007  International Photography Award (IPA Lucie Award) – Portraiture

2007  The Center for Fine Art Photography, Denver Int. Airport Invitational

2007  Volitant Gallery, Austin, “Tunnel Vision: Parading Down the Aisle

2006  American Society of Media Photographers – Environmental portraiture

2005  Caladan Gallery, “Myths, Mystery and Ritual: A Portal into the Night”

2004  Black and White Spider Awards, Merit of Excellence – Fashion

2004  The Nocturnes, Best of the Nocturnes

2003  The Nocturnes, Surrealism Show, Honorable Mention

2003  Texas Photographic Society, Members Only Show

2002  MetroForm Limited, Tucson, AZ, Solo Exhibition

2002  River City Silver, San Antonio, TX

2002  Inside Space, London, England

2002  Nexus Gallery, New York City, NY, “Photography 2002”

2001  Mesa Contemporary Arts, AZ, “Stare Photographic Survey”,

Purchase Award

2001  Robert Caniga Gallery, Eugene OR. “Totally Nude” Group Exhibition

2001  London Photographic Award, Bronze Medal

Featured Web Exhibitions

2007  International Museum of Women, Imagining Ourselves

2006  File Magazine, Featured Project, Conventions

2002  Photobetty, Featured Photographer

2001  Photo-Pro Magazine, Feature Article

2001  ZoneZero, Mexico City

2001  Art in Context, NY, NY

2001  Photo Box, Slovak Republic

Bibliography

2009  Vanilla Ride, Knopf – cover photograph

2008  Tucson Weekly – Interview

2008  Supergirls Speak Out: Inside the Secret Crisis of Overachieving Girls, Simon &  Schuster, Cover Photograph

2008  American Photography 24

2008  The World’s a Mom: Celebrating Motherhood, Author & Photo Editor

2007  American Photography 23

2007  Heartsick, St. Martin’s Minotaur, Cover Photograph

2007  How Magazine – Interview

2007  Area of Design – Interview

2006  Pesach for the Rest of Us, Random House, Cover Photography

2006  F-shop Magazine, Cover and Feature Article

2006  Creatively Self Employed, Contributing Writer

2005  Photo District News – Interview

2005  Mad Magazine, October issue

2004  Arizona 24/7, contributing Photography

2001  The Photo Review, Volume 24, Issue 3. Langhorne, PA

1998  Water Marked by Helen Lee, Scribner Books, Cover photography

1997  Unearned Pleasures & Other Short Stories by Ursula Hegi, Simon & Schuster,   Cover photography

Jackie Alpers is an award-winning professional food photographer who cooks, styles and photographs food in her natural-light studio and documents food & travel on location. 

She is the author of two cookbooks; Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona and  Sprinkles!:Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicous Desserts.

Her most recent cookbook, Taste of Tucson, is an official selection of UNESCO’s Tucson City of Gastronomy, and a RUSA and Eating the West Award winner. The book was inspired by her popular food photography and recipe blog, Jackie’s Happy Plate, which showcases her culinary adventures as a midwesterner transplanted to the Sonoran Desert. 

She is especially interested in experimenting with regional culinary influences while exploring food history and culture, and the emotional, psychological and spiritual relationship that people have with food and drink. Food lends itself to vast symbolism and interpretation and she loves the rituals surrounding it. 

From 2013-2020, Alpers wrote and and photographed a monthly column and additional articles for the FoodNetwork.com and contributed recipes as well as photography to Refinery29. She has also contributed to Random House’s TastebookTheKitchn, Today.comReal SimpleNational Geographic and Edible Baja Arizona Magazine among others. She has been featured on  Reader’s DigestCNNGood Morning AmericaThe New York Times,  NPRCosmopolitanEsquireGlamourBetter Homes and GardensMSNBrit + Co. and Buzzfeed Food.

She is an experienced educator who speaks on industry related topics at workshops and universities. She has been a professional photo editor for over 25 years, starting her career as the managing photo editor at Swanstock, the premier fine art photography division of Getty Images. She is a previous judge for the IACP Culinary photography awards.

She is represented by Renaissance Literary & Talent: Literary Agency

Bibliography/Contributions 

2021: American Photography 37 – Food photography from the Taste of Tucson Cookbook

2021: Tucson Official Visitors Guide – Author and photographer for cover feature magazine article, Women’s Work

2020: West Margin Press – Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona – Author and photographer

2013-2021: Food Network – Contributing writer, recipe developer, photographer and video producer

2014-2021: Refinery29 – Contributing food photographer, writer and recipe developer

2014-2018: Random House’s Tastebook – Contributing writer, recipe developer and photographer

2014-2018:  Edible Baja Arizona Magazine – Contributing writer and photographer

2014-2019: TheKitchn – Contributing writer, recipe developer and photographer

2016: National Geographic – Great American Eating Experiences: Local Specialties, Favorite Restaurants, Food Festivals, Diners, Roadside Stands and More; contributing photographer

2014: Glamour Magazine – Contributor, food photography and recipe development

2013-2014:  iVillage/Today Food – Contributing writer and photographer

2013: Quirk Books: Sprinkles!: Recipes & Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts – Author & Photographer

2013 foodprint 1113: European Annual of Gastronomy

2013- 2012: Rovio Entertainment: Bad Piggies Best Egg Recipes Cookbook app – Photographer & Production Editor (Bestselling Cookbook App in the USA and China)

2013: Broadway & Thresher Magazine – Contributing Editor, Food & Drink

2012: Reader’s Digest – “Top Photographers Choose the Pictures That Make Them Happy

2012: Good Morning America –“Decadent Foods From Across the USA”

2012 foodprint 1112: European Annual of Gastronomy

2012: Tucson Official Visitors Guide

2011: Angry Birds: Bad Piggies’ Egg Recipes, hardcover edition – Production Editor (Winner “Best First Cookbook in the World” at the Gourmand Cookbook Awards)

2011:  Phoenix Official Visitors Guide

2010: Tag Magazine #2, The Body Issue

2010: The Official Arizona State Visitor’s Guide

2010: Globe Pequot Press – Mexican Cooking, photographer

2010: Globe Pequot Press – The Calorie Counter Cookbook, photographer

2010: Globe Pequot Press –  Knack Low Salt Cooking, photographer

2009:  A History of Ghosts – cover photograph

2009:  Knopf Publishing – Vanilla Ride, cover photograph

2008:   Tucson Weekly – Interview

2008:  Simon & Schuster – Supergirls Speak Out: Inside the Secret Crisis of Overachieving Girls, Cover Photograph

2008:  American Photography 24 

2008:  Sterling Publishing – The World’s a Mom: Celebrating Motherhood, Author & Photo Editor

2007:  American Photography 23

2007:  St. Martin’s Minotaur – Heartsick, Cover Photograph

2007:  How Magazine – Interview

2007:  Area of Design – Interview

2006:  Random House – Pesach for the Rest of Us, , Cover Photography

2006:  F-shop Magazine, Cover and Feature Article

2006: Creatively Self Employed, Contributing Writer

2005:  Photo District News – Interview

2004:  America 24/7 – Arizona 24/7, contributing Photography

2001:  The Photo Review, Volume 24, Issue 3. Langhorne, PA

1998:  Scribner Books – Water Marked by Helen Lee, Cover photography

1997:  Simon & Schuster – Unearned Pleasures & Other Short Stories by Ursula Hegi, Cover photography

Exhibitions

2009  The Spirit World, New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, Juror Russell Joslin

2009  Idea of Self, Center for Fine Art Photography, Juror Susan Zadeh

2008  Society of Photographers, 6×6 Exhibition, Rooke Gallery, South Africa

2007  The Center for Fine Art Photography, Denver Int. Airport Invitational

2007  Volitant Gallery, Austin, “Tunnel Vision: Parading Down the Aisle

2005  Caladan Gallery, “Myths, Mystery and Ritual: A Portal into the Night”

2004  The Nocturnes, Best of the Nocturnes

2003  The Nocturnes, Surrealism Show, Honorable Mention

2003  Texas Photographic Society, Members Only Show

2002  MetroForm Limited, Tucson, AZ, Solo Exhibition

2002  River City Silver, San Antonio, TX

2002  Inside Space, London, England

2002  Nexus Gallery, New York City, NY, “Photography 2002”

2001  Mesa Contemporary Arts, AZ, “Stare Photographic Survey”, Purchase Award

2001  Robert Caniga Gallery, Eugene OR. “Totally Nude” Group Exhibition