I began photographing landscapes as an undergraduate at Princeton University. Later, at the School of Visual Arts MFA program in   
Photography and Related Media, I began to see landscape photography as a kind of geography, a visual rendering of the complicated nexus of geology, history, and ideology. Subsequent projects, the whole great world, Atlantis, and Falling at His Feet, investigated imposed notions of paradise, through simultaneous moments of failure and fleeting edenic success. More recent work like Right Coast, which explored surfing in New York City embraced a more documentary approach and sparked an interest in portraiture. What are the Wild Waves Saying: Storm Stories from the Rockaways, a collaboration with radio journalist Jen Poyant, continues to embrace my longstanding ideas about landscape, while deepening my interest in unfolding the lives that are lived within it.

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.


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Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013            Bonni Benrubi Gallery, 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

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, Larchmont, NY, "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, Queens, NY, "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 York, NY, "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, Stuart Hawkins, Susannah Ray"

                   The Front Room, "79.9MW"

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

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

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

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


2004             The Front Room, "WMD"


The Princeton University Museum of the Arts

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

The Capital Group

The State Department of California


Lectures, Panels, and Artist's Talks

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

                     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



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 


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,", 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,”, July 18, 2013

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

2012           David Gonzalez, “Recalling the Right Coast before the Storm,”, 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,
                   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  

Flat Files/Slide Files/Artist's Registries

2004-pres., London, UK

2003-pres.    White Columns

2000-2002    LFL Gallery, NY, NY


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


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