Jean Pagliuso was born in California in 1941. After gaining majors degree in Fine Arts at UCLA, she worked as an assistant art director at Mademoiselle Magazine. She began her career in photography in 1969 and in 1974 she moved to New York. Her work has been published in Seventeen, Mademoiselle, NY Magazine, Italian Harper Bazaar, Vogue, HG, Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, New York Times Magazine “Fashion of the Times”, Italian Vogue, and Interview Magazine. Apart from her fashion photography, she has worked in collaboration with film director Robert Altman, as well as Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox and Disney.
Last ten years of Jean Pagliuso's work is influenced by her travels to Cambodia, India, Turkey, Mexico, and Peru, consisting photographs of palaces, temples, sacred places addressing the theme of time, nature and decay.
Her latest “Poultry Suite” and “Raptor Suite” series feature owls and roosters in black and white photographs on handmade paper washed with hand-painted silver emulsion against minimal backgrounds "explore the animals’ anthropomorphic traits, and the resulting photographs are simultaneously captivating and timeless." via.