Jane Tuckerman was born in 1947 and grew up on a farm in Westport,
Massachusetts, located near the ocean in the southern part of the
state. She studied photography at the Art Institute of Boston and
the Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned a Master of Fine
Arts degree. There she studied with well-known photographers Harry
Callahan and Aaron Siskind, who helped shape her ideas about photography.
Tuckerman's work has been featured in numerous national and international
exhibitions and is represented in museum collections across the
country. She has received many fellowships and grants, including
the National Endowment for the Arts' Visual Artists Grant in 1985.
In 1987, she was selected to be Visiting Artist to the American
Academy in Rome.
Tuckerman has taught photography for the past 22 years at a number
of institutions. She is currently at Harvard University, where she
was head of the photography department for several years. She is
also associate professor of photography at the Art Institute of
With her husband, photographer Christopher James, Tuckerman traveled
to India in 1985 to photograph death rituals, an experience she
considers important to her artwork. She also paints and makes sculpture.
At times she combines her photographs with these other art forms.
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