Beginning as a street photographer in 1990s New York, Jan Arrigo now creates color and black and white photos from coastal living, travel or animal portraits and turns them into picture stories and sequenced folios that you feel.
Jan Arrigo was born and raised by artist parents in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating with a BA from Loyola University, she studied painting at the Art Student’s League, art history as a graduate student at CUNY and photography at the International Center for Photography where she volunteered as a museum docent in New York. A media professional in Manhattan for years, Jan worked in publishing, advertising and as a freelance writer.

In 2002, a move to join her soon-to-be husband in Louisiana prompted her to revisit art through photography in a new locale. Following Hurricane Katrina she came to live down the street from the lake house that was lost in the storm in Slidell, Louisiana. She began to photograph the unusual scenery nearby which became The Hurricane Quartet. (2005-2017). This began an enduring interest in the landscape.

Jan's work has been shown in exhibitions throughout the United States including Soho Photo in New York, where she curated Surreal New York, Brickworks Gallery in Atlanta, South x Southeast PhotoGallery, Molina, Georgia, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, South Carolina, the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, and at The St. Tammany Art Association’s Art House Gallery for the 2017 juried Summer Show, (selected by William Fagaly, Curator Emeritus, New Orleans Museum of Art) and member shows. Recent curated group shows include Portraits, as selected by Elizabeth Avedon for and Tree Talk as selected by Paula Tognarell, the Executive Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography.

Her 2016 solo show: Jan Arrigo: The Corpse is the Wax Museum, Photos from the Musee Conti in conjunction with Photo Nola, was held over to 2017 at The Valiant Theatre.

Her work has been published and praised twice in the popular blog A Photo Editor and has appeared in Country Roads Magazine and The Times-Picayune.

Her writing has been published in The American Art Book, (Phaidon Press), The Encyclopedia of Sculpture (Routledge Press). and in four books about New Orleans including Cemeteries of  New Orleans, A Journey Through the Cities of the Dead, with photography by Laura McElroy.

Jan Arrigo is a member of the New Orleans Photo Alliance, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO, The St. Tammany Art Association, The Texas Photographic Society, The Los Angeles Center of Photography and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.