Jackie Alpers (Jacqueline Alpers) is an award winning, professional food photographer based in Tucson, Arizona. She specializes in documenting people, culture and food related themes for commissioned advertising and editorial assignments; cookbooks and book jackets.She is especially interested in the emotional, psychological and spiritual relationship that people have with food and drink. Food is an important catalyst for so many of life’s great themes. It lends itself to vast symbolism and interpretations and she loves the rituals surrounding it. Her clients include: Random House, Knopf, Simon & Schuster, The Globe Pequot Press, Canyon Ranch, Loews Hotels, NBC/Universal, Epicurious.com, U.S. News & World Report, AARP Bulletin and The U.S. White House.She is the recipient of numerous awards from American Photography, The Photographer’s Master Cup, ASMP and the International Photography Awards (Lucie’s). In 2004 she received the the Black & White Spider Award’s, Merit of Excellence, and in 2001 she was awarded a bronze medal from the London Photographic Awards.Her extensive experience includes four years as the managing photo editor at the groundbreaking Swanstock Agency, where she worked alongside the world’s top fine art photographers, photo editors and art directors. She continue to work as a creative partner with her clients, helping them find extraordinary solutions to their photographic needs.She is also an experienced educator who speaks on industry related topics at workshops and universities.