Susannah Ray lives in the Rockaways, a small peninsula on the edge of New York City bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Jamaica Bay, and JFK International Airport. This intersection of city and water is at the heart of her photography and extends her early interest in landscape photography, which she uses as as form of visual geography, rendering the complex interrelationships of place, people, history, and ideology.

Susannah Ray has had museum and gallery solo exhibitions and has been featured and reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous online publications. Born in 1972 in Washington, D.C, she studied photography as an undergraduate at Princeton University and completed her MFA in 1997 at the School of Visual Arts MFA Program in Photography and Related Media. Susannah Ray is an adjunct Associate Professor of Photography and the Photography Program Supervisor at Hofstra University.

susannah at susannahray.com  

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019            Works On Water/Underwater New York Project Space, Governor's Island, NY, "Susannah Ray"

                     Fordham University, NY, NY, "Right Coast"

2017            The Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY, "A Further Shore,"

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

                     Foyer Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA"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)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018           Gallery Petite, Brooklyn, NY, "Ocean Size"

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”                

                    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"

                   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"

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

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

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

2005           Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New "Citations"

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

2004           The Front Room, "WMD"            

2001           The Front Room, "Amanda Alic, Sean Hemmerle, Stuart Hawkins, Susannah Ray "

                   The Front Room, "79.9MW"

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

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

Monographs, Books, and Exhibition Catalogues

2017              Susannah Ray, New York Waterways, Hoxton Mini Press, London, UK
2016              Susannah Ray, Right Coast, essays by Sean Corcoran and Joel Patterson, self-published
2011              Bob Shamis, New York In Color, Abrams Books, New York
2009              Joel Smith, Emmet Gowin: A Collective Portrait, Princeton University Art Museum


Selected Bibliography      

2018           Aline Smithson, “Susannah Ray: Down For the Day lenscratch.com, December 18, 2018

                  Mike Smith, “Review: ‘New York Waterways,” fstoppers.com, March 23, 2018

                   Peggy Roalf, “Susannah Ray: New York Waterways,” AI-AP.com, February 22, 2018

                   News 12, "Bronx Waterway Photo Exhibit on Display," January 2, 2018

2017           The Independent, "Coffee Table Choice," London, UK, December 29, 2017

                   Eoin Murray, “A different take on the city in Susannah Ray’s New York Waterways,” The British Journal of Photography, November 28, 2017

                   The Times Literary Supplement, “New York Waterways,” London, UK, November 10, 2017

                   Kelly Gonsalves, “The Inglorious Urban Surf,” The Week.com, May 10, 2017

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

                   Carolyn Weaver, "Documenting the Rockaways in Photographs, Before and After Sandy," Voice of America News, August 16, 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           "Portraits: Artists in Residence," Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace Catalogue

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

2009            "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  


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

2018             Underwater New York/ Works on Water, Artist's Talk

                     Alice Austen House, Artist's Talk

                      Parsons MFA Photography, Visiting Artist and lecture

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



2018             Hofstra University Faculty Research and Development Grant

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 


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