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In 2012, Jesse Blatt founded The J. Blatt Agency LLC, a boutique photography agency specializing in representing 20th century portrait, fashion, music, celebrity, and reportage photographers. Jesse produces exhibitions and publication projects, builds relationships between photographers and galleries & private collectors, facilitates fine-art print sales, and handles image licensing. Jesse also advises photographers on establishing and managing their archives, print editions, and estates.
The J. Blatt Agency represents, and Jesse has worked with & advised, some of the 20th century's most legendary photographers, including Annie Leibovitz, Allan Tannenbaum, Denis Piel, Steven Klein, Elliott Landy, Walter Iooss, Robert Whitman, Lynn Goldsmith, Stephen Shore, and the Estates of Raymond Jacobs and Barry Feinstein.
The J. Blatt Agency has produced numerous international exhibitions, books, and fine-art releases, including Allan Tannenbaum’s exhibition John and Yoko: A New York Love Story at K Gallery in St. Petersburg, Russia and Tannenbaum's limited-edition portfolios,
New York Punk: 1974-1981 and Studio 54: 1977-1981; Denis Piel’s monograph Down To Earth; Robert Whitman's first-ever exhibition of his photographs of the late musician Prince at Mr. Musichead Gallery in Los Angeles; and most recently, the museum exhibitions
Barry Feinstein: A Retrospective at Fondazione Carispezia in La Spezia, Italy, and
Raymond Jacobs: Gaspésie, 1954 at Musée de la Gaspésie in Québec, Canada.
For over a decade, Jesse has produced Annie Leibovitz's slideshows and video-based presentations for her exhibitions, artist talks and public events, including the recent exhibition Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and Wonderland, a pop-up exhibition featuring work from Leibovitz's latest book of the same name, at Studio 525 in New York City.
Prior to founding The J. Blatt Agency, Jesse worked as Leibovitz’s in-house archivist for eight years. In addition to managing the photographer’s physical & digital archives and the production of her fine-art prints, he contributed to the production of Leibovitz's books
At Work, Pilgrimage and her Taschen ‘Sumo’ book and the touring museum exhibitions Pilgrimage and A Photographer’s Life: 1990-2005. During his tenure in Leibovitz’s studio, Jesse also coordinated many gallery exhibitions and contributed to countless books and catalogues featuring her work, including collaborations with Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone.
Jesse received a BFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design in New York and studied at Camberwell College of Art in London. While still a student Jesse had his first industry experience with an internship at Condé Nast in the photography department of Vogue, followed by working as a freelance archivist in Steven Meisel's studio.
Jesse currently sits on the Board of Directors of The Center for Photography at Woodstock in Woodstock, New York. He regularly lectures on the fine-art photography business and participates in portfolio reviews and workshops for emerging and established photographers.