Jacqueline Mitelman was born in Scotland, but apart from a few years in France she has lived in Melbourne all her life. She studied at Prahran College in the mid-1970s under Athol Shmith, Paul Cox and John Cato. Since then she has worked as a freelance photographer specialising in portraiture. Her work has appeared in Australia and internationally in magazines and newspapers, on CD and book covers and on theatre and music posters; her wide-ranging commissions have given rise to a considerable collection of portraits of culturally significant Australians. Mitelman won the National Photographic Portrait Prize in 2011. The National Portrait Gallery owns fourteen portraits by Mitelman. Her works are also held by the National Library, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Museum of Modern Art at Heide and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.