Quinn Jacobson was born in America in 1964. He began his career as a photographer in the United States military in 1982. Quinn served in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman for three years (11C) and then as a Combat Photographer (84B) for three years (1982-1988).
In 1993, he received a Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree (B.I.S.) in Photography, Visual Art and Communication from Weber State University, Ogden, Utah USA. In 2007, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree (M.F.A.) in Photography from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont USA.
Quinn has been working in historic photographic processes for almost two decades. He's used the wet collodion process (1851) for four major projects in that time period. He also works in Daguerreotypy (1839) and Calotypy (1839).
The first body of work he made was called, "Portraits From Madison Avenue". He worked on this from 2003 through 2006. The work was centered on "otherness" or people and places in the margins of society. Quinn calls this his “table legs” of concepts: memory, identity, difference, and justice.
In 2006, Quinn moved to Viernheim, Germany and started working on a new project. In the beginning it was titled, "Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass" and later changed to,"Vergangenheitsbewältigung" (struggling to come to terms with the past).
This was a personal investigation of the events surrounding the Shoah (Holocaust). The images also reflected the experiences and emotions identifying as a person of Jewish descent living in Germany. The work included portraits of Germans, Ausländer (foreigners), and landscapes, significant locations that are relevant to that period of history (destroyed Synagogues, etc.). The project was about place, memory, identity and indifference. Quinn calls it an extension of "Portraits of Madison Avenue", but on a much larger scale.
Both of the projects were shown in a major exhibition at Centre Iris Gallery for Photography in Paris, France. The show was called, "Glass Memories". The exhibition was up from from March to June, 2010. His last body of work called, "The American West Portraits" was shown at Centre Iris Gallery in Paris, France, in 2012. This work was made in Denver, Colorado. It was Quinn's interpretation on the people living in the Western United States after living abroad for several years.
Quinn has published four books:
"The Contemporary Wet Plate Collodion Photography Experience" 2006.
"Conferring Importance: Thoughts and Images About Identity, Difference and Memory" 2007.
"Chemical Pictures: The Wet Plate Collodion Photography Book & DVD" 2009.
"Chemical Pictures: The Wet Plate Collodion Photography Book (2nd Edition)" 2010.
He's probably best known for his part in the revival of the Wet Plate Collodion process in Europe. For five years (2006 - 2011), Quinn traveled throughout Eastern and Western Europe, evangelizing and teaching the Collodion process. From Glasgow to Barcelona and from Paris to Budapest, he taught hundreds of people the process. He taught in art schools, private studios, cultural centers and galleries. And now the hundreds of people he taught are teaching hundreds more. He organized and executed the project, “In Honor of Archer” in London, England where the inventor of the process, Fredrick Scott Archer, was honored with a placard on his grave (Kensal Green Cemetery). All of this has caused a renaissance of Wet Collodion in Europe. He recently traveled to China (2014) and opened the Collodion Collective Asia, as well.
He created and manages the largest, and most active, Collodion Forum Board (www.collodion.com) on the web (since 2003).
He’s currently (2013-2017) working on a new project titled, "Ghost Dance: Native American Massacre Sites”.