Jessica Newman's work focuses on urban landscapes, specifically abandoned and neglected architecture. Newman’s work concentrates on her current city of San Diego. She is documenting the changing city, and by extension, the people living there. She researches the carefully chosen subject buildings, and photographs them at sunset, which is not only the most flattering of all natural light, but also a metaphor for architecture that is about to disappear. Her style is contemporary realism with a focus on pleasing color schemes that are often in opposition with the lonely and desolate subject matter.

Jessica Newman is a professor at the Newschool of Architecture and Design and the Art Institute of California-San Diego. She is also an internationally published author. Her textbook Perspective and Sketching for Designers has been published in both English and Chinese.