Native to Chicago, Julie Jacobs studied at NYU’s film school plus worked four years in the photography department helping students improve their darkroom skills. During this heyday of the 1970s, she was captivated by the burgeoning counter-cultures teeming within New York City and particularly by the music scene during the early days of Punk. This became her opening into commercial photography when, after taking studio photographs of bands such as the B52s, she was quickly hired by the New York Rocker music journal. More assignments followed from music journals including Melody Maker and New Music Express, for which she photographed top bands including Blondie and Talking Heads.
While back in Chicago pursuing a Master’s Degree in the Art Institute’s photography program, her film No Sense of Crime, a powerful study of women who developed romantic relationships and obsessions with men on death row, was admired for its exceptional and disturbing images. The film premiered at the Berlin