Jennifer Loeber


Camp Photo Day, 2008 | From the series, Cruel Story of Youth


Grounded in the ideals of a counter-cultural past and freed from the forced constraints of a conventional camp experience, these photographs explore a society of teenagers empowered through otherwise impossible freedoms. Nestled in the mountains of Massachusetts is Rowe Camp, a summer utopia self-governed by teens. In the real world, the campers are too young to vote, but here they're allowed to give strong opinions about the way they live. It's a glimpse into what life might be like if no ideas were too absurd and eccentricity was the rule, not the exception. My own summers spent at Rowe were both a culture shock and nothing short of paradise. Years after my initiation, I returned to photograph the rituals and intricacies of this unusual community. For the first time in their young lives, the looming presence of adults becomes almost non-existent. They are given the opportunity to define their relationships and daily behaviors without the smothering influence of typical social expectations. This series explores my personal reconciliation with the slowly fading memories that once had an indelible impact on my path to adulthood. I spent several weeks living with and documenting the emotional landscape of Rowe's current inhabitants as part alumnus, part outsider. The series' title (named after Nagisa Oshima's landmark Japanese New Wave film) refers not to the camp population, but to the life they must return to after tasting true independence for a fleeting moment.


8x10" image on 8.5x11" paper


Archival ink jet print

Edition Size




To Benefit

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today.

Jennifer's Pledge

100% of print sales. $2000 total if the edition sells out.


Jennifer Loeber is a documentary and portrait photographer based in New York
City. Her work focuses around themes of identity, memory and historical

In 2017 she received a MACK First Book Award nomination for her project,
GYRLE. She has been awarded the Purchase Prize at the San Diego Museum of
Art (2016), the Theo Westenberger Art & Activism Prize (2015), The Barcelona
International Photography Award (2015), Finalist in the Kuala Lumpu Photo
Awards (2015), a Terry O’Neill TAG award nomination (2012), a Darkroom
Residency at The Camera Club of New York (2011), and Finalist in Photolucida’s
Critical Mass (2011).

Her work has been exhibited widely, including Fotonoviembre in Tenerife, the
Daegu Photo Biennale in South Korea, the Griffin Museum of Photography, The
Center for Fine Art Photography, the SCOPE Art Fair in New York City, The
Center for Photography at Woodstock, Photoville Festival and Rayko Gallery.
Her photographs have been published in New York Magazine, W Magazine,
Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, GEO, PDN, CNN,
Huffington Post, The Village Voice, VICE, Marie Claire, American Photo, LINDA,
Guernica, Le Journal de la Photographie, and GUP Magazine.