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Emma Ressel is a fine art photographer who works with both large format film and digital photography to create surreal still life images. Her work primarily experiments with portrayals of food in photography. She utilizes texts on gastronomy, mythology, food science, and more, reimagining stories and ideas to create fictional worlds of food.
Ressel was born in Bar Harbor, Maine and currently lives and works in Ridgewood, New York. In 2016 she graduated from Bard College with a Bachelors of Arts in Photography. While studying at Bard, Ressel was awarded the Photography Advisory Board Scholarship and the Photography Senior Project Prize. Her senior thesis show, titled “Insatiable Hunger and the Peacock’s Plume” is presented both as a solo exhibition and as a book. The project has been exhibited at Woods Studio in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY and at Artemis Gallery in Northeast Harbor, Maine.
Ressel was the 2015-16 winner of the Bard LugoLand Residency Prize. In the summer of 2016 she completed her photography residency in Lugo, Italy, where she created a body of still life photographs dreamt up from the sensory stimuli of living in the small Italian town. The artist’s book of the work she made in Lugo will be published by Edizioni del Bradipo in 2017 and will be distributed in both Italy and the US. In addition to her fine art work, Ressel enjoys collaborating with other artists and photographing for publications including New York Magazine and The New York Times Magazine.
1994 Bar Harbor, Maine
2016 Bachelor of Arts in Photography, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
2016 Residency, Bard Lugo Land Artist Residency, Lugo, Italy
2015 Photography Senior Project Prize, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
2014 Photography Advisory Board Scholarship, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
2012 Thorndike Scholarship for The Arts, Bar Harbor, ME
2012 Maine Sea Coast Mission Scholarship, Bar Harbor, ME
2016 Insatiable Hunger and the Peacock’s Plume, Woods Gallery, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
2014 Storage, Morning Glory Bakery, Bar Harbor, ME
2017 Nasty Women Hudson Valley, Instar Lodge, Germantown, NY
2016 Landscape Through the Lens, Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME
2015 Emerging Artists, Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME
2014 PRO/JECT, Woods Gallery, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
2014 Moderation Show, Woods Gallery, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Jazmine Hughes, “Pothos,” The New York Times Magazine, June 11, 2017. 26.
Emma Ressel, Interview, Lady Participate Newsletter, Brooklyn, NY, February 2017
Dick Broome, “MDI Photographer Blends the Beautiful and Grotesque,” Mount Desert Islander, September 28, 2016.
Emma Ressel, “Still Life with Shoes,” New York Magazine, August 8, 2016. 88-93.
Bard Papers, May, 2016. 15, 51.
2016 Presentation, The Photography Program at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, October 24.
2016 Lecture and Undergraduate Critiques, Lugo Land & Architectural Association School of Architecture Workshop, Lugo, Italy, July 5.