There are business people who fall in love with photography. Jenny Bagert is a photographer who fell in love with its business. Over a twenthy-five-year career, she has been deeply rooted in every facet of photography, working with artists, galleries, and collectors and work from the 19th century to the present.
Bagert started taking pictures and creating in the darkroom when she was twelve. In her twenties, she specialized in working with musicians, including Grammy winning artists. At age twenty-four, she became business and archive manager to the legendary jazz photographer Herman Leonard. With Leonard, Bagert learned the business and had the opportunity to work on life-changing projects: archiving Leonard’s vast collection, working on the Ken Burns documentary “Jazz”, editing books and managing shoots with such greats as Tony Bennet and Lenny Kravitz.
In 2006, she formed Jenny Bagert Consulting, offering business and project management in photography. Based in her beloved hometown of New Orleans, Bagert and her team serve an impressive client roster including Josephine Sacabo, Dawoud Bey, Tina Freeman, Joel-Peter Witkin Archive, New Orleans Musuem of Art, 19th Century Rare Photograph Shop, A Gallery For Fine Photography, Cornell University, and numerous other photographers and organizations. Bagert’s favorite day of the year is Mardi Gras Day and she is a hobbyist beekeeper.
Fun Fact: Bagert is a hobbyist beekeeper and her favorite day of the year is Mardi Gras Day.