Jennifer Beals is not only a great actress. Another of her great talents is photography.
She became interested in photography in high school and she took photography classes while she was studying at Yale University. Jennifer's photographs are mostly black and white which she prefers over colour because she learned to process black and white and also for this reason she uses film over digital.
Jennifer owns various cameras a Mamiya 67, a Rolleiflex 2.25, a Leica M4-2 and a Leica M8.2.

These are some books of photography Jennifer likes: 'The Family of Man,' by Edward Steichen and Carl Sandburg; 'Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art,' by John Szarkowski; 'Henri Cartier-Bresson, the Early Work,' by Peter Galassi; 'Teenage,' by Joseph Szabo; 'Coincidences,' by Sarah Moon.
Jennifer was in New York on 9/11 and went downtown to take photos after the attacks. Later that year she donated some of her photos taken that day to the Art Heals Benefit held in October 9, 2001 in Santa Monica at the BGH Gallery at Bergamont Station. All monies raised from the event, with artwork created in response to the attacks, went to the September 11th fund.

Jennifer has said to take her camera with her to a lot of places and when she is on set and when a project is dear to her she will make a photography book for her cast mates to give as a gift.
Her first book was on the set of Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, another one on the Anniversary Party ( her photographs were also featured on the film) and The L Word. Originally intended for her cast mates, The L Word book became a special project because it was made available to the fans. This book not only contains photographs taken on set and parties but also it's a journal with interviews and discussions among the cast members, call sheets, memos. The book and prints were originally released in 2010 and can be ordered online through TheLWordBook.com.

 

 

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