Ilisa Katz Rissman studied photography and film at Art Center College of Design after earning a B.A. at Boston College. She then began a decade-long career as a commercial photographer, in addition to pursuing personal projects. Her work appeared in a variety of national publications including, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Interview, Saveur, Town and Country and Metropolis. Ilisa published two books, one titled Chairmania in which she photographed the miniature chair collection belonging to the iconic designer George Beylarian, and she was the featured artist In Photo District News:  Ilisa Katz’s Simple Vision.  

For the past several years Ilisa has dedicated herself to working on concurrent long-term personal projects and commissioned portraits, choosing large format analog cameras. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is the recipient of a number of awards from jurors including James Rondeau (The Art Institute of Chicago), Stephen Perloff (The Photo Review), Joseph Carroll (Carroll and Sons), Julia Dolan (The Photographic Center Northwest) and Jennifer Blessing (The Guggenheim Museum Of Art). She recently won the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for People and Culture and three of her photographs were exhibited at the 2016 Berlin Foto Biennale. Her work has been posted and/or reviewed in The New Yorker, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Slate and she is a BRIC Arts Media Fellow. 

Ilisa lives in Brooklyn with her family.


2018 Arte Laguna Prize, Venice Italy
2017 Bric Arts Group Show:  Truth, Brooklyn, NY  
2016 Berlin Foto Biennale, Berlin Germany - three photographs exhibited
2016 April is the Cruelest Month (Solo Show), Central Brooklyn Public Library's Lobby Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 The Forward Thinking Museum Solo Artist online Portfolio
2015 Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, group exhibition of selected Filter Photo Festival Photographers
2015 Suspended:  Solo Show, The Carol Shen Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Karen #3:  Punctum:  20th Annual Photography Exhibition at Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, Wa.
2015 Exposure Award Exhibition, digital display at the Louvre Museum, Paris
2014 The Photo Review Best Of Show: Juried by Jennifer Blessing: Gallery 1401, The University Of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2014 The New York Photo Festival – Photoworld 2014 Exhibition, Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY
2013 12 12 Gallery International Juried Portrait Photography Exhibition
2013 BRIC Gala, Brooklyn, NY
2012 ARTnude: James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
2012 Rogue Exposure: Group Show, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
2012 NYPF'12 Invitational Exhibition (3 pieces accepted), Brooklyn, NY 2011 Verge Art Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
2011 BAMart Auction, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Soho Photo Gallery National Competition, New York, NY
2009 Maleeka, Brooklyn NY (permanent installation)
2009 BAMart Auction, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY 2008 Blow-Up, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA
2008 ArtFutura 2008, Curated by James Rondeau, Art Institute of Chicago, IL
2008 BAMart Auction, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
2008 National Biennial XIX, LaGrange, GA.
2007 Solo Show, Ilisa Katz Rissman: Selected Work, Princeton Project Space, Princeton, NJ
2007 Take Home a Nude, Phillips de Pury, New York, NY
2007 Rotunda Gallery Gala, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Cristina Grajales, New York, NY
2007 BAMart Auction, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Brooklyn Youth Chorus Gala, Steiner Studios, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Take Home a Nude, Philips de Pury, New York, NY

2015 Winner Julia Margaret Cameron 7th Edition - "People and Culture"
2015 Runner Up, The Forward Thinking Museum, 2nd quarter
2015 PX3, Prix De la Photographie, 3 images Honorable Mention, Paris, France
2015 Exposure Award:  Zein and Maha in the Doorway selected for the Portraiture Collection
2014 The Photo Review Competition:  3rd Place Award
2014 Runner-up, The Forward Thinking Museum
2013 Second place award, Stephen Perloff (The Photo Review), 12 12 Gallery International Juried Portrait Photography Exhibition
2013 First Place Award, Joseph Carroll, South Shore Art Center National Juried Show
2012 Winner, three Fine Art Awards NY Photo Festival, Brooklyn, NY
2012 BRIC Arts Media Fellowship
2012 Finalist, Gallerist's Choice Awards, Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2011 Finalist, Exposure National Competition
2011, 2009 Finalist, National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Award, London, UK
2010 Winner, Soho Photo Gallery National Competition, Judge Jennifer Blessing, (Curator at Guggenheim Museum), New York, NY
2008 Winner, ArtFutura 2008, Chicago, IL.
2008 Winner, National Biennial XIX, Lagrange, Georgia
2008 Portraiture Award, PX3, Prix De la Photographie, Paris, France



2019 The Woolfer:  Features:  Ilisa Katz Rissman, April 22, 2019:

2019 Feature Shoot:  The Complex Dynamics Of Family Life Revealed In Photos, Dan Ginn, March 5, 2019:

2016 Fraction Magazine 9th Anniversary Issue:  Braids on my bed

2015 Art Photo Index, In the kitchen included in Not My Family Values, curated by Rebecca Senf

2015 Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography:

2015 The Forward Thinking Museum Solo Artist:

2015 Slate, Photography Solo Artist Article:

2014 The Photo Review, June issue – Charlotte in the woods (web gallery); Gabe’s Scar printed in The Journal – 9/2014

2013 Elle Décor, March issue, two photographs included in featured article

2013 Fifth Annual Exposure Award, digital display at The Louvre, Paris, France

2012 Karen #1 published in The New Yorker Photo-booth

2012 Philadelphia Inquirer, Edith Newhall review of James Oliver Gallery exhibition