Katerina Jebb was born in England in 1962. After studying drama at St Anne's College, she moved to California to study photography. Her first works were photomontages which she created inside the camera, originating from repeated exposure of a single roll of film.
In 1989 Jebb relocated to Paris and worked for the French newspaper Liberation. In 1991 she was involved in a car accident which paralyzed her right arm. To resolve the inability to hold a camera, Jebb began to employ machines to make life-size images, primarily self-portraits lying herself down on a high resolution scanning machine. Progressively, she diversified, posing subjects and objects, exploring the medium in parallel with the expanding possibilities in digital technology. Jebb proceeded to remove parts of the scanner to facilitate maximum extension of the subject. The duration of each passage of the scanner echoed early photographic principles, long exposures of seven minutes , therefore demanding of the sitter to lie motionless for twenty eight minutes.
The resulting images, suspended and life like were embraced as a new visual medium and began to appear in museums and galleries, notably The Whitney Museum in 1998 as part of The Warhol Look a world touring retrospective.
In 2016 Jebb's work was the subject of a solo exhibition at Musée Réattu Arles , France .
In 2018 Jebb was commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum to collaborate on the exhibition " Heavenly Bodies : Fashion and the Catholic Imagination “
Katerina Jebb’s work is included in the permanent collections of The Victoria & Albert Museum, Le Musée des Arts Decoratifs Paris, Musée Réattu Arles.