Emma Ressel (b. Bar Harbor, Maine) is a fine-art photographer who creates surreal still life photographs of food. She challenges pure aesthetic pleasure through surprising compositions that are unafraid to depict rot, nonsensical combinations of ingredients, and vague, undefined stories.

Ressel has exhibited widely across the east coast and internationally. In 2019 she had a solo show of new work at Colorspace Labs, Philadelphia PA, and a three person show at The Vermont Center for Photography. In 2018 she had a solo show, Olives in the street, at Woods Gallery at Bard College. Her work has been exhibited in numerous group shows in galleries including Fotonostrum Gallery, Barcelona Spain; Red Hook Labs, Brooklyn NY; September Gallery, Hudson NY; Godine Family Gallery, Boston MA; Lucas Lucas Gallery, Brooklyn NY; Site: Brooklyn, Brooklyn NY; The Wing DC and The Wing Soho; and Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor ME; 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 International Competition.

Ressel’s first monograph, Olives in the street, was published by Edizione del bradipo and sold out in 2017. A second edition was released in 2018. 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. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine and her work is found in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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