Emma Ressel

Emma Ressel

Emma Ressel (b. Bar Harbor, ME) is a fine-art photographer who creates surreal still life photographs of food. Her photographs are surprising compositions that challenge pure aesthetic pleasure and are unafraid to depict rot, nonsensical combinations of ingredients, and subtle, evocative stories.

Ressel has exhibited widely across the northeast as well as internationally. In 2019 she had a solo show at Colorspace Labs, Philadelphia PA, and a three person show at The Vermont Center for Photography. In 2018 she had a solo show at Woods Gallery, Bard College. Her work has been exhibited in group shows in galleries including Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME; Fotonostrum Gallery, Barcelona; Red Hook Labs, Brooklyn NY; September Gallery, Hudson NY; Godine Family Gallery, Boston MA; Site: Brooklyn, Brooklyn NY; and The Wing Soho; among others. She was the winner of the 13th Pollux Award in the Still Life Category and won the Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award in The Print Center’s 92nd Annual Competition.

Ressel’s first monograph, Olives in the street, was published by Edizione del bradipo in 2017. Ressel received a BA in Photography from Bard College, where she was awarded the Photography Advisory Board Scholarship, the Photography Senior Project Prize, and the Bard LugoLand Residency Prize, which afforded her the opportunity to travel to Italy and create her first monograph. Ressel’s work is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is based in Brooklyn, NY.