Photojournalist Jenn Tuero (J. T.) Blatty graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2000 and served six years as an active-duty U.S. Army officer, deploying with the first troops into Afghanistan following 9/11 and again into Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After completing her service to the military, she pursued freelance photography and writing as a career, working as a regular contributor for Connect Savannah Magazine, the New Orleans Advocate, and as a FEMA disaster reservist photographer after completing an internship with National Geographic Traveler.
Blatty is represented by Polaris Images and the Martine Chaisson Gallery (New Orleans), and is the author of Fish Town: Down the Road to Louisiana’s Fishing Communities. Since early 2018, she has been documenting the conflict in eastern Ukraine while simultaneously creating photographic/audio archive of the 2014 volunteer soldiers of the Donbas (exhibited in Chicago and NYC in 2019-2020, opening March 2022 in Kyiv), the revolutionaries who self-deployed during the original Russian insurgency and saved Ukraine’s independence. A recent Ukraine Fulbright alum, Blatty continues her photojournalistic work in the Donbas while writing a military memoir that reveals the universality of combat veterans of all wars, regardless of sides or of country, that has the power to transcend the boundaries of nation and conflict.
Publications include: Bloomberg, National Geographic, PDN Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Savannah Magazine, The Daily Beast/ Newsweek, The Oxford American, and CNN Photos.