551 Tremont Street – BCA Studio #204
Boston, MA 02116



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Ariel Kessler is a collector of stories.
Her collages encompass light hearted, colorful imagery in a whimsical world. Inspired by Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein and other children’s books authors and illustrators.
While in contrast, her photography lets viewers into her private self. Quiet, haunting and evocative. Inspired by 20th century female photographers.
At a young age Ariel developed a fondness for painting, printmaking and photography. Building her first darkroom at twelve years old while using her late father’s Nikon F, she took photographs wherever she went. At eighteen, she moved to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts. There she became enraptured with small camera, street-like photography. After two years of focusing on this style, she moved back to her hometown of Boston to attend the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she was mentored by some of the masters of the view camera and was given the opportunity to work with the Polaroid 20×24 camera. She graduated with her BFA in 2010. She has studied advanced alternative photographic processes in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Savannah, Georgia.
In 2011, Ariel started Defend The Darkroom. What began as screen printing t shirts, bumper stickers and selling them at galleries and shows grew into a Facebook page with a large following of analogue photographers. A community was created which centered around sharing articles, art, and techniques with fellow like-minded artists.
Ariel has a regular column in Photopreneur Magazine called “Analogue Culture”. A magazine which helps photographers begin and grow their business. “Analogue Culture” focuses primarily on analogue and alternative photographers. www.photopreneurmag.com
Ariel Kessler has exhibited her work all over the United States, and internationally in Mexico and Japan.
Her work can be found in public, and private collections throughout the world.
Ariel lives in Watertown, Massachusetts with her dog and muse, Georgia.