After completing three short photographic courses at the The Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg - Jodi was selected to participate on a photographic training programme at the Star newspaper under the late Ken Oosterbroek in September 1993.
She continued to work there as a photographer leading up to and during South Africa’s first democratic elections. 1996 was a turning point. She was chosen to participate in the World Press Masterclass held in Holland and started working on assignments for publications like the NY Times Magazine. She also works for non- profit organizations like Medicins San Frontiers on special projects for booklets and exhibitions.
Over a ten-year period (1994 – 2004) her own project focused on the country of her birth, South Africa - photographing youth living on the fringes of South African society. This work finally found itself a home in a book - “Between Dogs and Wolves – Growing up with South Africa”. It has been published and released in five countries in 2006.
Her monograph Soweto was first published in in 2010.
Her photographic projects continue to be exhibited internationally in solo and group shows.
Bieber’s most recent award being the premier World Press photo Award of 2011 She was a Finalist in South Africa’s Women in the Media Awards 2011. She was also the winner of the Prix de le l'Union Europeene at the Recontres de Bamako Biennale Africaine de la Photographie, November 2009.
She has won 10 World Press awards, a 1st Place in Picture of the Year International 2009 and received numerous other accolades.
Bieber has given workshops in Finland, Nepal, Italy and Vienna and been a guest lecturer at the Market Photography Workshop (JHB), London College of Communication (UK), Westminister University (UK), ICP school of Photojournalism (N.Y.) and at Photo Espane.
She was a jury member on World Press Awards 2008 and taught on The Joop Swart Masterclass in Holland in 2010.
She is proudly represented by The Goodman Gallery and INSTITUTE.