Down For the Day

Susannah Ray

Susannah Ray has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and a BA from Princeton University and is a longtime photographic educator.

Susannah Ray works on long form documentary projects that explore the relationship of people and landscape and how public space offers opportunities for escape, leisure, and transcendence. Many of her projects have occurred at the intersection of city and water, describing how New Yorkers’ lives are shaped by the waters that ring the city. Amidst the challenges of access, infrastructure, history, and climate change, Ray finds what is possible, the unexpectedly beautiful, and the resilience of both people and place. Ray has had solo exhibitions at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Benrubi Gallery, Fordham University, and Governors Island. Her photographs have been published as the monographs New York Waterways and Right Coast and have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The British Journal of Photography. Her work appears in the collection of the Museum of the City of New York, Princeton University, The Bronx Museum of the arts, as well as in corporate, state, and private collections. Born in Washington D.C..