Initially inspired by 1940s cinema, Jan Arrigo began as a street photographer in the 1990s.
Concerned with what disappears, she creates black and white and color print sequenced portfolios collected from coastal living and travel, turning them into picture stories that you feel. 
Jan Arrigo was born and raised by artist parents in New Orleans. 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.  

Jan worked at Oxford University Press, Phaidon Press, and Euro RSCG. Also a writer, she belongs to the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

In 2002, a move to join her soon-to-be husband in Louisiana prompted Jan 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).

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, 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 Tognarelli for on view until May 5.

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 currently resides in Louisiana with her husband and partner in travel adventures.