Tealia Ellis Ritter lives and works in rural Connecticut. Ellis Ritter's work contends with the intersecting roles of the photograph as personal document, familial marker of time and object with physical surface. Her interests lie in exploring in both a physical and emotional sense the changing nature of intimacy over time. She is presently engaged in a long term project documenting family members in both a representational and abstract manner, with a focus on the physicality and vulnerability of the human body.

Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently by Aperture, The New Yorker, Ain’t Bad, Women in Photography, The Magenta Foundation, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Taschen NYC, Double V Gallery, France, the Swab Art Fair Barcelona and at Humble Arts “31 Under 31” exhibition. Her work has also appeared in many publications, including The London Daily Telegraph, Mouvement Magazine, Stella Magazine, Bloomberg Pursuits Magazine and The Financial Times of London. 

EXHIBITIONS - solo shows marked with *


Material Matters, Egg Collective, NYC

Guest Curator Egg Collective, Temporal Arrangements, works by Jenna Westra, Amy Kim Keeler, Jeff Martin, Simone Bodmer Turner and Rodger Stevens


La Saga II, Double V Gallery, France

Swab Art Fair, Double V Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

Ete Indien (s), La Marchande Des 4 Saisons Gallery, Arles, France

Portraits, The Ones We Love

Winter Benefit Exhibition, The Wassaic Project

Benefit Auction and Exhibition, Silver Eye Center for Photography

Fellowship 18, Silver Eye Center for Photography


Vagabond Time Killers, The Wassaic Project, NY

On Beauty, Humble Arts

Future Isms, Humble Arts

Sarah Palmer and Tealia Ellis Ritter, A New Nothing


*BODY-MARK-LAND, Egg Collective Gallery, NYC

*Winter Cling To Parts Of Us, the harts gallery, Connecticut


Abstract, Filter Space, Chicago

Field Study, Curated by Katherine Ware and Meg Noe, David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago

Guest Room, Der Greif, Curated by Kim Knoppers of Foam


Aperture Summer Open, Aperture Gallery NYC


*The Live Creature, Egg Collective Gallery, NYC

Third Annual Exhibition, Philadelphia Photo Arts, Curated by Natasha Egan of MOCP and Kathy Ryan of The New York Times Magazine

Transient States, SF Camerawork, Curated by Lisa Sutcliffe, Assistant Curator SF Museum of Modern Art


*Ctrl+P Exhibition, Edelman Gallery, Chicago IL

Exposure 2011, Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, Juror Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography at The New Yorker

Women In Photography, Curated by Amy Elkins and Cara Phillips

100 Portraits: 100 Photographers, Australian Center for Photography, Sydney, Austalia The Chicago Project, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago

100 Portraits: 100 Photographers, The New York Photo Festival


Night Gallery Projections, 100 Portraits: 100 Photographers, Corcoran Gallery of Art, FotoWeek D.C., curated by Andy Adams and Larissa Leclair

Emerging Artist Auction, Daniel Cooney Gallery, New York

Group Show 37, Humble Arts Foundation

Taschen Group Show, Taschen NYC, curated by Jon Feinstein and amani olu of Humble Arts Foundation

Flash Forward, Traveling Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, Foto Week Washington DC, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto


Pause to Begin, Booksmart Gallery, Rochester, NY


31 Under 31, Humble Arts Foundation, 3rd Ward Gallery, New York

Pause to Begin, Multimedia Book, Exhibition, Documentary

Limited Edition Project, Humble Arts Foundation, New York

Hic et Nunc, Here and Now, Co-Prosperity Sphere Gallery, Chicago



JRNL, Issue 2 Fall 2019, Published by FotoFilmic and guest edited by Stanley/ Barker

The Model Family, Ain’t Bad


Tealia Ellis Ritter on Oscar W. Ellis, Rocket Science Magazine, Issue 4

The Model Family Portfolio, Mouvement Magazine, France


Half Life, Feature, Self Publish Be Happy

Half Life, Book Review, Strant Magazine


Tealia Ellis Ritter, Interview, FeatureShoot


Winter Clings To Parts of Us, Feature, Bloomberg Pursuits Magazine, Summer 2015

Tierra Adentro, Issue 201


Top 100 US Photographers, Flash Forward Tenth Anniversary, Magenta Foundation 2013

FT Magazine, The Financial Times of London

Stella Magazine, The London Daily Telegraph


Look at Me: Photographing Female Adolescence, The New Yorker Photo Booth

Interview, Light Leaked


Flash Forward 2011-Emerging Photographers, Published by The Magenta Foundation 2009

The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography, Humble Arts Foundation

Pause to Begin, Published by Booksmart Studio

Flash Forward 2009-Emerging Photographers, Published by The Magenta Foundation


2004 MFA Photography/Printmaking, University of Iowa

2001 BA Photography, Columbia College Chicago


Adjunct faculty, The University of Missouri, St Louis, School of Fine and Performing Arts

Adjunct faculty, The University of Iowa, School of Art and Art History