Jess Kohl is a visual artist working with still and moving image. Her directorial work focuses on marginal, outsider communities and pockets of youth culture around the world.

After graduating from Central Saint Martins with honors and subsequently completing a masters at Goldsmiths University, Jess has been quick to make her mark in the industry as an observational filmmaker whose curious, raw and intimate work has already shone a light on subjects never before told.

Garnering attention from the off, Jess’ talent as a stills photographer became apparent early on with her project, “Friends of the Dead”. Jess’ serene images captured the workers, tour-guides, and litter pickers who watch over London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ Victorian graveyards.

In more recent years Jess has turned her attention to the world of moving image, using a personal and revealing style to tell strong emotional narratives from around the world. From documenting the UK gay Jewish underground scene for Nowness with ‘Buttmitzvah’, to the Filipino punks living under the 'war on drugs' regime in the Dazed featured ‘Anarchy in the Philippines’, Jess’ work shows a clear desire to document those on the fringes of society and whom are searching for acceptance in their communities, religion, race or culture.

Most recently Jess has released her highly praised documentary for Nowness, 'Nirvana'. Shot in India, Jess’ film focuses on Asia’s largest gathering of transgender women, Koovagam. Immersing herself into the culture, Jess’ candid, colorful and beautiful film highlights the edges of LGBT society and the heavy contrast between Indian queerness and the west.

Jess has also lent her style to the world of advertising in recent times, creating poignant and well-crafted spots for clients such as Carrera and Lamyland.

Selected Press:





Girls in Film





Represented by Prettybird UK