About

I began photographing landscapes as an undergraduate at Princeton University, a practice I continued in more experimental form at the School of Visual Arts MFA program in Photography and Related Media. I have come to see landscape photography as a kind of geography, a visual rendering of the complicated nexus of geology, history, and ideology. My early projects specifically investigated imposed notions of paradise, through simultaneous moments of failure and fleeting edenic success. Right Coast, photographs of surfing in New York City, maintained these concerns, depicting the contradictions of the idyll of surfing amidst the urban environment. What are the Wild Waves Saying: Storm Stories from the Rockaways, a collaboration with radio journalist Jen Poyant, also utilized my longstanding ideas about landscape, while deepening my interest in unfolding the lives that are lived within it. A Further Shore, my current project, continues in this vein.

I live in Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY, with my husband, daughter, three cats, numerous surfboards, and an abiding love for the city and the sea.

contact:
susannah at susannahray.com  


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017            The Bronx Museum of Art, "A Further Shore" (upcoming)

2016            The Rockaway Beach Surf Club, Rockaway Beach, NY, "Right Coast"

                     Foyer Gallery, Albright College, "A Further Shore"

2013            Bonni Benrubi , NY, NY, "What are the Wild Waves Saying" (Photographs by Susannah Ray/Audio by Jen Poyant)

2004            Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, NY, "We Are Talking Now of Summer Evenings..." (two person)

2002            Koussevitzky Gallery, Pittsfield, MA, "the whole great world"

                     The Front Room, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, "The Banner Project"

1996            Women's Studies Gallery, Princeton University,  Princeton, NJ, "Passages"

1994             Lucas Gallery, Princeton University, "Domain"


Selected Group Exhibitions

2015            The Annenberg Center for Photography, Los Angeles, CA, “Sink or Swim Slideshow Night”

2013           The Museum of the City of New York, NY, NY, “Rising Waters”                

                    ICP and MCNY at Governor’s Island, NY, “Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy”

                    Alice Austen House, Staten Island, NY, "The New Street Types of New York"

2012           Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ, "The End of the Wild"

2011           Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NY, NY, "Group"

2010           Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NY, NY, "Summer Place"

                   Long Beach Island Foundation for Arts and Sciences, "Print Center 84th International Competition: Photography!"

                   The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA, "84th International Competition: Photography!"

2009           Kenise Barnes Fine Art, "Sweet Spot"

                   The Princeton University Museum of the Arts, "Emmet Gowin: A Collective Portrait"

                   FuelTV at Bathhouse Studios, NY, NY "Focus on Art"

2007           Rockland County Center for the Arts, "Upon Further Review," Nyack, NY

                   Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, NY, "Change at Babylon"

                   The Arsenal Gallery, "The Players" NYC Parks Department Public Art Program,
                   Central Park, NY, NY, May 2007

                   Brooklyn Academy of Music, "BAMart Auctions," Brooklyn, NY

2006           The Queens Museum of Art, "The Queens International"

                   Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, NY, "Safe"  

                   Ashley Tyler Gallery, New York, NY, "Offshore/On Board"

2005           Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New "Citations"

                   The Bronx Museum of the Arts,  Bronx, NY, "Threads and Vines"

2004           The Front Room, "WMD"            

2003           Triple Candie, New York, NY,  "The Benefit for Triple Candie"

2001           The Front Room, "Amanda Alic, Sean Hemmerle, "

                   The Front Room, "79.9MW"

2000           Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, "Precedence: Emmet Gowin "

1998           Artist's "Night of 1,000 Small Drawings"

1997           White Columns, NY, NY, "Blue Lagoon"

1992           Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano, Lima, Peru, "Princeton Photography"  


Curation

2004           The Front Room, "WMD"


Collections

The Museum of the City of New York

The Princeton University Museum of the Arts

The Bronx Museum

The Capital Group

The State Department of California

 

Lectures, Panels, and Artist's Talks

2013             The Museum of the City of New York, Artist talk, Young Member's Night

                      The Museum of the City of New York, Artist talk with ICP/The Point

                      Photoville Panel, "Superstorm Sandy: Photographers Perspectives," Moderated by Sean Corcoran, MCNY

2004              The International Center for Photography, New York, NY, "Slidefest"

2002              Koussevitzky Gallery, Pittsfield, MA, Artist's Talk

 

Awards

2012             NYFA/Andy Warhol Foundation Emergency Relief Fund

2011             Nominee, Center Santa Fe Prize for Photography

2010             Finalist, The Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman Foundation First Book Prize

2008             Finalist, The Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman Foundation First Book Prize

1997             The Paula Rhodes Memorial Award 


Selected Bibliography      

2016           Ellyn Kail, "A Wistful Look at Rockaway Beach Before Hurricane Sandy," Feature Shoot.com, July 28, 2016

                   Rachel Pells,"Finding the Right Coast", The Independent, July 28, 2016

                   Eillie Anzilotti, "Photographing the Rockaways' Surfers Before Hurricane Sandy", Citylab.com, July 27, 2016

                   Katie Honan, "'Right Coast' Book Pictures Hard-Core Winter Surfers in Pre-Sandy Rockaway", DNAinfo.com, July 22, 2016

                   Jordan Teicher, "Life Along New York City’s Waterfront," Slate.com, April 5, 2016

2015           John Leland, "Feeling Water's Pull," The New York Times, May 24, 2015

2014           Aline Smithson, "A Further Shore," Lenscratch.com

2013           The Takeaway, WNYC, "Recovery in the Rockaways, A Year After Sandy," October 28, 2013

                    Kristen Dahlgren, NBC Nightly News, "Photo exhibit marks one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy," October 24, 2013

                   Jordan Teicher, "Astounding Personal Shots of Hurricane Sandy," Slate.com, August 29, 2013

                   Goings on About Town: Susannah Ray” in The New Yorker, August 26, 2013

                  William Meyers, “Two Perceptions of American Spirit: Photo Exhibitions of Walker Evans and Susannah Ray,”

                  The Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2013

                   David Gonzalez, “Alice Austen’s Type of Town,” NYTimes.com, July 18, 2013

                   David Schonauer, “Exhibition: Susannah Ray's "Wild Waves," After Sandy,prophotodaily.com, July 16, 2013

2012           David Gonzalez, “Recalling the Right Coast before the Storm,” NYTimes.com, November 15, 2012

2011            Bob Shamis, New York In Color, Abrams Books, New York

                   "Portraits: Artists in Residence," Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace Catalogue

2010            "Portraits: Artists in Residence," Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace Catalogue

2009             Joel Smith, "Emmet Gowin: A Collective Portrait, Exhbition Catalogue, Princeton University Art Museum

                    "Portraits: Artists in Residence," Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace Catalogue 2008-2009, Spring 2009

                    Jenni Avins, "Own This City," Time Out New York, Issue 702 : Mar 12–18, 2009

                    Darya Zhuk, "Cold Wave," Snob Magazine, Moscow, Russia, March 2009

                    Alex Wilson, "Review: Right Coast," Surfer Magazine, February 2009

                    Sam Haddad, "Editor's Choice: Right Coast" Cooler Magazine, London, UK, February 2009

2007            Martha Schwendener, "Last Chance: The Players," The New York Times, June 22, 2007

                   Martha Schwendener, "Art in Review: The Players," The New York Times, June 15, 2007

2006            "Bronx Portraits," Grand Concourse Magazine, The Bronx Museum of Art, Spring/Summer 2006

                   Stefan Marti, "Surfing the A Train," Transworld Surf Magazine, July 2006

2005            Rob Cummings, "“On the Right Coast: Surfing Rockaway,” in coastalsurvey.com,
                   August/September 2005

                   "Bronx Portraits," Grand Concourse Magazine, The Bronx Museum, Winter 2005

2004            "Bronx Portraits," Grand Concourse Magazine, The Bronx Museum, Fall 2004

                   "One Gardener's Almanac," House and Garden Magazine, August 2004

1997            Shelley Rice, Madeline Djerejian, Susannah Ray, and Ilana Rein, "On a History of Women
                   Photographers," The Photo Review, Spring  1997

1996            Sharon Katz, "Photographic Expression: Susannah's Domain" in The Creative Arts at Princeton:           
                   Vignettes by Students, ed. John McPhee  


Teaching

2006-pres.    Adjunct Associate Professor, Hofstra University

2011-2012    Photography Department Supervisor, Hofstra University

2007-2009    Seminar Leader, Artist in the Marketplace Program, The Bronx Museum of the Arts

2008            Adjunct Assistant Professor, Kingsborough Community College

2001-2004    Lecturer, The International Center for Photography, NY, NY

2000-2001    Lecturer in Photography, Yale University, New Haven, CT

1999-2000    Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY

1999            Adjunct Assistant Professor, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY

1998-1999    Professor of Photography, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

1998            Master Critic, MFA Program in Photography and Related Media, SVA

1997            Guest Professor in Digital Media, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

1994-1995    Art Teacher, The Blair Academy, Blairstown, NJ


Education

1995-1997    School of Visual Arts, NY, NY. MFA in Photography and the Related Media

1990-1994    Princeton University, BA, Visual Arts/Art History major, Environmental Studies minor