Dr. Richard Ressman practiced orthopaedic surgery for thirty years before becoming a full-time photographer in 2002.
He bought his first Nikon camera in 1969 as a surgical intern in Chicago and has been taking photographs since.
is his Artist Name which he created in 1998.
is an orthopedic surgeon who aspires to do photography on the Cutting Edge.
Dr. Ressman won first place in the architecture category in the Denver Camera Obscura’s “The Art of Photography Today 2” exhibit in 2010.
Recent exhibits include Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, California both in 2012 and 2013, a solo exhibit in 2013 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at SJSU, San José, California, a 2016 exhibition at The Coffee Roasting Company in Los Gatos, California, and a 2016 finalist in the This Is San José Exhibit/Contest with his photo of San José City Hall.
As a surgeon, Dr. Ressman operated on fractures and replaced arthritic knees and hips.
Now he chooses to get up before sunrise and take photos of his choice.
He also takes photographs as a volunteer for an infant bereavement organization, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. Parents of stillborn or dying infants need only call Dr. Ressman, he will drive to a local hospital, set up a small studio in a hospital room, take photos and produce images that the parents can treasure.
In 2005 Dr. Ressman donated all his unused surgical equipment. He convinced two orthopedic equipment companies to donate thousands of dollars of equipment, and as a volunteer, he taught surgical techniques to surgeons in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.
Dr. Ressman continues to shoot with Nikon professional equipment using the latest D5 and D810 single lens reflex digital cameras as well as PhaseOne medium format digital equipment.
His wife, Gabriele Rico, passed away in March 2013. She was a professor of Humanities and Creative Arts at San Jose State University and author of books, chief among them Writing the Natural Way, which has been in bookstores for more than thirty years.
Richard Ressman lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Four children and four grandchildren are living in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego and Chicago.