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MY NAME IS JESSE RIESER
AND I AM A STUDENT OF SUBTLETIES.

Since I was 17 and growing up in the Show Me State, I've been a student of the human condition, looking through a lens, creating images filled with telling details and compelling characters.

I am drawn to photography because it tells stories through … Read More
MY NAME IS JESSE RIESER
AND I AM A STUDENT OF SUBTLETIES.

Since I was 17 and growing up in the Show Me State, I've been a student of the human condition, looking through a lens, creating images filled with telling details and compelling characters.

I am drawn to photography because it tells stories through disclosure just as much as through omission. My work is an exploration of honesty. It’s about decision-making and details. It’s about viewpoint. It’s about hiding some things. And showing others.

The other element of photography I find so compelling is it's immediacy. Button pressed, moment captured. But that moment can take an hour, a day, a lifetime to happen, to create, to evolve. And anyone can press a button. But what I do is take a certain kind of photo. I engage with subjects. I understand and communicate with clients. I can see their vision through my own eyes. Some call it empathy. Some call it charm. My mom just says I’m a nice young man.

But back to those subtleties. They are different from details. Subtleties are the stuff of stories. They are the unexplained elements, the unobvious expression, the unclear artifacts. They are the lingering mysteries in the photo that refuse to reveal themselves to the viewer in the first three seconds. My work requires engagement. And it draws in the viewer, causing him to wonder about the subjects
and the stories they have to tell.
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2016
PDN Photo Annual
Best Stock Photography: “Sounds of Cement”

AP 32: American Photography Annual 32
Best Editorial Photography: Unbridled Spirit

AP 32: American Photography Annual 32
Best For Sale Photography: P Lorae


2015
PDN Photo Annual
Best Editorial Photography: MSNBC When Fall Came Early

Photolucid… Read More
2016
PDN Photo Annual
Best Stock Photography: “Sounds of Cement”

AP 32: American Photography Annual 32
Best Editorial Photography: Unbridled Spirit

AP 32: American Photography Annual 32
Best For Sale Photography: P Lorae


2015
PDN Photo Annual
Best Editorial Photography: MSNBC When Fall Came Early

Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist: Top 50 International Projects
The Wallow Fire


2014
AP 30: American Photography Annual 30
Best Personal Work Series: When Fall Came Early


2013
Luezer’s Archive
200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide

Photolucida Critical Mass Winner: Top 50 International Projects
The Wallow Fire

Canteen Magazine Naked Judging
Finalist: The Wallow Fire


2012
Communications Arts Photography Annual
Winner: Best Self-Promotion Campaign
Christmas In America: Happy Birthday, Jesus

Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Winner
Top Emerging Fine Art Photographer In North America and U.K. Under 34
Christmas In America: Happy Birthday, Jesus

Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist
Starting Over: Will Move For Work

PDN 30 Finalist


2011
Art Director’s Club Young Guns 9
Top 50 International Creative 30 & Under

PDN Photo Annual
Best Personal Work Series: Christmas In America: Happy Birthday, Jesus

AP 27: American Photography Annual 27
Best Personal Work Series: Christmas In America: Happy Birthday, Jesus

AP 27: American Photography Annual 27
Best Editorial Series: Sex Church: The Phoenix Goddess Temple

Photolucida Critical Mass Winner: Top 50 International Project
Christmas In America: Happy Birthday, Jesus

PDN 30 Finalist

Filter Photo Festival Juried Exhibition
Starting Over: Will Move For Work

Center’s Review Santa Fe 100
The Class of 99 Turns 30

The 10 Most Exciting Photographers This Year
Phoenix Art Museum
Rebecca Senf Ph.D. & Mary Virginia Swanson

Center’s Santa Fe Workshops Annual Winner: Family


2010
PDN 30 Finalist

AP 26: American Photography Annual 26
Best Personal Work Series: The Class of 99 Turns 30


2008
PDN Photo Annual
Winner: Best Advertising Series

PDN Photo Annual
Winner: Best Personal Work Series
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Charmin Toilet Paper
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