Jessica Fridrich was born in Ostrava in the Czech Republic in 1964. She came to the US in 1990 to study at Binghamton University and stayed in Binghamton, NY ever since. She is now a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Passion for phography has deep roots within the Fridrich family. Her great grandfather was a professional portrait photographer and her father was fine art painter who taught Jessica about composition and color. Ms Fridrich has enjoyed working with light ever since she can remember -- as a child passionate about astronomy and optics, as a researcher studying digital images and sensors as a means of covert communication, and as a photographer.

Ms. Fridrich's life was forever changed in the summer of 1993 when she drove with her spouse across the country to visit the American Southwest where she fell hopelessly in love with the colorful Colorado Plateau. Inspired by the work of Michael Fatali and Laurent Martres, she likes to return to the Southwest for inspiration and creative outlet.