After a short-lived tenure as a middle school English teacher and athletic coach, Will Jacks finally settled into a career as a photographer. After finishing Journalism graduate studies at the University of Mississippi in 1996, he returned to his hometown of Cleveland, MS and opened a photography studio. Eventually that grew to also serve as a regional photo gallery, and in September 2013 Time Magazine recognized its Eudora Welty exhibit as one of the top thirty ways in the world to experience photography offline.
Will is active in the photographic and arts communities, serving as an executive board member for the Delta Arts Alliance, a past governor-appointed board member of the Mississippi Blues Commission as well as a current governor appointee to the Mississippi River Parkway Commission.
His first monograph documents the juke-joint Po’ Monkey’s Lounge, and has been selected by University Press of Mississippi to be published in late 2016.
Currently Will lives in Cleveland and New Orleans with his wife, Jamie, and they two dogs, while working as a freelance photographer and instructor of photography at both Delta State University and the University of Mississippi.