Born in 1961 in Geisson, Germany Jacqueline Agentis is an award-winning international photographer based in Pennsylvania where she has resided since 1972. Jacqueline studied fine art at Kutztown University, obtaining a BFA with a concentration in photography.
Jacqueline’s initial interest in photography came from her Mother, who was an enthusiast all her life, and even sold cameras in a shop in Germany many years ago; which incidentally is how she met Jacqueline’s father, an American GI with a gift for painting. As a child she often wondered why her mother always took so long to ‘take a picture’. This question was answered years later when she was given her first camera, a Canon AE-1. Looking back, those few extra seconds made all the difference; the difference between a ‘nice snapshot' and a ‘legacy photograph’ shown and talked about to this day.
Drawing was always Jacqueline’s first love and she drew incessantly from 5 years old. Jacqueline actually intended drawing to be her course of study. Then in 1979 she was introduced to the gorgeous light and exquisite detail of Ansel Adam’s black and white photographs; achieving with photography what she was trying to do with drawing. Furthering her study, she fell in love with the Street Photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange. Finding the extraordinary in ordinary every day life is what she loves from these masters and why, as with the pen in her early years, she cannot put down her camera.
During a 6 year stint as a photographer for AT&T Bell Laboratories Jacqueline had the opportunity to use medium (Mamiya) and large format film cameras. She has used, and still uses, the Hasselblad for much of her film work; although today nearly all is digital. Jacqueline’s soulful interest in the history of her subjects…of a building, a chair in a cafe, a busy or quiet street; is what compels her to photograph. She strives to convey that sense of history and time using color, abstract, architectural elements and especially texture, at times even adding it to the image. Her intent is evident in her Soho series, a culmination of photographs spanning 25 years. She captures not only what is happening with the people, but also the character and personality of the space around them; and who and what came before.
She has exhibited in the Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery (Kutztown, PA), “A Moment In Time’ Group Exhibition at the Payne Gallery (Bethlehem, PA), Solo Exhibition at the Technicolor Grand (Bethlehem, PA). Bethlehem Fine Arts Juried Exhibition at the Technicolor Grand, and solo exhibit at the Twisted Olive, Bethlehem PA. Her work has appeared in local, national and international publications including the NY Times. She won First Place in ‘AT&T Photography Annual Competition 1993, First Place in the Industrial Photography Magazine, 1993. First Place Annual Phillipsburg Fine Art Exhibition 1999, Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Fine Art Juried Exhibition 2000, Purchase Prize Winner in the Bethlehem Fine Arts Juried Exhibition 2006. Her images were also used as the cover of ‘Security Dealers’ magazine (6/1993) and the cover of ‘Optics & Photonics’ magazine (2/1993).
"Finding the extraordinary from the ordinary is a photographic aspiration”. Whether it is capturing the beauty of color, texture, and architectural features in the reminisce of a factory; or the relationship of people with their environment and each other in street scenes or even a portrait…the extraordinary is there to be found.”