Photographer Jessie Chernetsky was born and raised in Salinas, California. She received her BA in Art, with an emphasis in photography, from the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 2009, she received the William Hyde Irwin and Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship, the university art departmentʼs most prestigious award given by faculty-nomination only for excellence in creative work. Chernetskyʼs Portraits of Salinas, her series of street scenes from her hometown, was displayed at the National Steinbeck Center in 2013. Her photography has been featured in numerous galleries in California, New York, and Illinois. She currently lives and works in Santa Cruz, California.