J.T. Blatty 

Jenn Tuero (J. T.) Blatty was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1978. She graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2000 and served six years as an active-duty U.S. Army officer, deploying with the first troops into Afghanistan following 9/11 and again into Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After completing her service to the military and inspired by a love of capturing life, people and her personal experiences with disposable cameras, notebooks, and pens, she pursued photography and writing as her career. She currently resides in New Orleans, where she returned in 2010, after a photo internship with National Geographic Traveler. In addition to working commissions as a freelance photographer, she is also a represented artist, a correspondent for the New Orleans Advocate and a FEMA Disaster Reservist photographer. Blatty's work has been exhibited in the Multimedia Moscow House of Photography in Russia, the Borges Cultural Center in Argentina, the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, among other museums and galleries. Her photographs and articles have appeared in PDN Magazine, CNN Photos, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, the Oxford American, National Geographic Traveler, Charleston Magazine, Savannah Magazine, U.S.A. Today, and Smithsonian Magazine, among many others. Her long term photo-documentary project, Fish Town: Down the Road to Louisiana's Vanishing Fishing Communities (2012-2017), is a Fall 2018 book title under UVA Press/George F. Thompson Publishing. J.T. is currently engaged with two military related projects, writing a book about the experiences in the military during a time of combat and the adaptations she faced as a young adult graduating from West Point a year before 9/11, and the other a documentary project working with the volunteer soldiers and veterans of the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine.
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