About Jenn and Tim

Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber are a husband and wife team based in Minneapolis, MN. 

Their work has been described as colorful, genuine, full of life, and respectfully intimate by editors, art directors and curators around the country. They take an authentic approach to their work and specialize in providing images of real people to advertising, corporate and editorial clients. They pride themselves in creating a narrative in every photo they take whether it is a single image or a series of photos.

Their work has been honored by the Communication Arts Photography Annual and Advertising Annual, American Photography 28, 30 and 31, PDN Photo Annual, Review Santa Fe Center Project Competition, Photolucida’s Critical Mass, Inge Morath Award, Magnum Expression Award, POYi, and many others. Their most recent documentary film won an Emmy and they were named a McKnight Fellow and to PDN's 30 Photographers to Watch.

Editorial Clients

Bon Appetit
Outdoor Life
Field & Stream
ESPN the Magazine
People Magazine
Outside Magazine
Runner's World
Bloomberg Markets
Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Midwest Living
Minnesota Monthly
Food & Wine
Country Living
Inc. Magazine
Popular Science
The Wall Street Journal
The New York Times
American Lawyer
Education Week
MIT Technology Review
Mother Jones

Commercial Clients

International Bus
Saatchi & Saatchi NY
Momentum Worldwide
Miss Universe

Awards and Honors

2015 Communication Arts Photography Annual
2015 American Photography 31 
2015 PDN Photo Annual
2015 Minnesota State Artist Initiative Grant Recipient
2014 Communication Arts Photography Annual
2014 American Photography 30 Book Selection
2013 McKnight Fellow
2013 Communication Arts Advertising Annual
2013 PDN Photo Annual
2013 Minnesota State Artist Initiative Grant Recipient
2013 Documentary Photographers Fund
2012 Best of ASMP
2012 PDN’s 30
2012 American Photography 28 Book Selection
2012 Flash Forward
2011 PDN Photo Annual
2011 Center Project Award Finalist
2011 Magnum Expression Award Finalist
2010 International Photojournalism Competition on Human Rights
2010 Flash Forward – Emerging Photographers
2009 Emmy for Trapped: Mental Illness in America’s Prisons
2009 Photolucida’s Critical Mass Top 50
2009 Communication Arts Photography Annual
2009 Webby Awards
2009 New York Photo Awards
2009 Best of Photojournalism Awards: 1st Place
2008 Pictures of the Year International 
2008 Photographers Giving Back Award
2008 Finalist for the Center for Documentary Studies / Honickman First Book Prize
2006 Pictures of the Year International

Selected Press

Best of ASMP Interview
New York Times Lens Blog

The Power of Personal Projects
PDN - Why Editorial Works

PDN - Still and Video Convergence
PDN - Interviewing
PDN - Video from PDN 30
PDN - Minneapolis
PBS Newshour
Digital Photo Pro
Daily Mail
Feature Shoot
Business Insider
This is the What
Visura Magazine
It's Nice That
Burn Magazine
Rear Curtain - Minnesota
Rear Curtain - Frozen
Oxford American
PDN Photo of the Day - Latinos in the Midwest
PDN Photo of the Day - Miss
Langley Field Notes
Huffington Post