About Jennie Ricketts

Began work with photography as an art buyer in an advertising agency 1986. Invited to work for the Observer magazine picture desk 1987. Over 17 years photography-related experience at the Observer magazine commissioning and editing photography. Picture Editor, the Observer magazine 1996 to Dec 2004. Started jenniericketts.com photography gallery in March 2006 while writing and lecturing. Relocated to the Republic of Ireland in September 2007. Personal statement: ''My personal preference is for art photography but I found the challenge of working with photojournalism unparalleled. Photojournalism demands exactitude but having studied art history, especially the Renaissance, skillful use of colour and the full tonal ranges of black and white photography will usually capture my imagination. Art photography allows a freedom to explore and experiment which is satisfying. All photography has its place but photography that leaves a painterly impression will always attract my attention''. Her work as a picture editor for the Observer Life magazine has received international recognition and been published in numerous books and periodicals including: Graphis; D&AD; Art Directors Club; Society of Publication Designers; Print European Regional Design 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002; Creative Index; 33rd Publication Design Annual; Creativity Annuals Nos. 27, 28, 30, 31; Magazine Design; Graphic Design Speak; Total Publishing Design Awards; Graphics International magazine; Society of News Design; Global Graphics; The Big Book of Design Ideas; Martin Parr by Val Williams; The A-Z Guide to Visual Lingo.''

Judging fixtures include:

The Kobal Portrait Award, 1999; AoP Awards, 1999; The Observer Hodge Awards, 2000; AoP seminal Digital Photography Awards, 2000; Czech Republic Press Photo Awards, 2000; D&AD Student Awards, 2002; Spectrum Student Awards, 2002.


The National Portrait Gallery, 1999; Kent Institute of Art & Design, 2000; The Arts Institute of Bournemouth, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006; The LCP, 2002; The V&A Museum, 2002; The Photographers Gallery, Conference : Refugees In Photography, 2003; Photofusion, 2003; Corbis UK, Seminar for photographers, 2004; Swansea Institute Faculty of Art and Design, 2005; The National Portrait Gallery, Seminar : Consent in Contemporary Portrait Photography, 2006; Nottingham Trent University, School of Art & Design, 2006; FotoFreo, W. Australia.   Seminar : Picture Editing & Photojournalism - Future Challenges, 2008.  The Arts Institute of Bournemouth, 'In conversation' with Karen Fuchs for the Karen Fuchs Retrospective, 2014.


Rhubarb-Rhubarb seminal Photography Festival, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004; Photofusion, 2005.

External examiner, Review/Validation panelist:

KIAD BA Hons.Photog. 1999; The Arts Institute of Bournemouth FdA/BA(Hons) Professional Photog. 2005. The Arts Institute of Bournemouth FdA/BA(Hons) Professional Photog. 2007.

Published written work:

DPict, 2002; The Royal Photographic Society Magazine, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007. 


Joy McGibben ‘Reflections on a Garden’, Due South Restaurant, Brighton seafront, June 23-Aug 30 2004.

Exhibition to launch Jennie Ricketts online gallery, showcasing 9 photographers, Start Contemporary Gallery, March 2006. 

Fiona Freund 'Remember Summer', Number 22 Bar & Restaurant, Herne Hill, London, May - August 2007.

Solo shows at Jennie Ricketts Gallery:

Marco Ambrosi ‘Portraits in Black’ & ‘Bios’, August 2006.

Robert Yager ‘Gang Life, LA’, September 2006.

Brad Rimmer ‘How Now Mao’,  for Brighton Photo Fringe, October 2006.

Fiona Fruend ‘Remember Summer’, November 2006. 

Beatrice Haverich 'The Whisper of a Million Leaves' Jennie Ricketts Gallery, forBrighton Festival Fringe, May 2007.

Julio Etchart 'Toys' Jennie Ricketts Gallery, June 2007.

Lisa Creagh 'Alices's Adventures Under Ground' Jennie Ricketts Gallery, July 2007.


Lee Karen Stow, 'Poppies.  Women and War', 2014.

Joby Hickey, Kim Haughton, Mary Furlong, Karl Burke, 'Landscape Rising', 2016.

Mike Goldwater, 'El Salvador: Between Revolution and War', National Media Museum foyer, Bradford, UK, 1 September – 17 October 2016, as part of the Adam Curle Peace Symposium for the University of Bradford.