Emma Ressel was born in Bar Harbor, Maine in 1994. She studies photography at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York under professors Stephen Shore, Larry Fink, Gilles Peress, Tim Davis, and others.
Throughout her time at Bard she has shot in various formats of film and printed extensively in both silver gelatin and color darkrooms. She now works primarily digitally and with a large format view camera. She is currently in the beginning stages of her senior thesis in photography and works at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona.
Emma primarily makes still life photographs, whether that be in the studio or the outside world. She is fascinated by American material culture, particularly in terms its excess, decay, and peculiarity. In her work she treats objects and scenes as if they are sculpture, isolating materials and products to ask why we fill and decorate our world with such bizarre things.