Beginning with his days as a zany rock n’ roll photographer … to becoming a noted celebrity shooter, science photographer, and top stills and film stock agency executive … Roger Ressmeyer’s career has evolved in a very intriguing way. In a few short years starting with the Jefferson Starship in the late 1970s, he became a top name in space and science photography working on assignment first for Rolling Stone and then for Newsweek, LIFE, Time, Smithsonian and National Geographic.
He owned and operated the Starlight Photo Agency for 14 years until July 1995, when it, along with more than a half-million of his images, became the first major acquisition by Corbis, Bill Gates’ privately-owned image archive. Following this transition, Ressmeyer held senior management positions first at Corbis and then at Getty Images.
In 2005, he again struck out on his own and founded Science Faction, a leading photo agency that focused on technology and space-related images. In 2012, Science Faction was acquired by SuperStock, clearing the way for Ressmeyer to start a film project he’s been planning since 1989.
His deep passion for science and spirituality is the fuel behind Ressmeyer’s latest venture, the VISIONS OF TOMORROW FOUNDATION™ … which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational foundation focused on building awareness for scientific and spiritual solutions that address the world’s biggest problems. For the foundation he is working on a new documentary feature film, currently in pre-production, that will bring together the world’s leading scientists, engineers and spiritual leaders to explore solutions to some of our planet’s biggest challenges – from climate change to inequality and war.
Ressmeyer is a graduate of Yale University and was named PhotoMedia’s Photography Person of the Year in the Fall 2012 issue, recognizing him for his exceptional artistic and business accomplishments, his tremendous leadership among colleagues in the filmmaking and photo industries, as well as for his humanitarian efforts to advance the cause of scientific exploration, and promote solutions to the world’s social and environmental challenges. Ressmeyer has also been a first place winner for Pictures of the Year and the World Press Photo awards.
Roger Ressmeyer was the closing speaker at TEDxRainier on 11/10/2012 It was Visions of Tomorrow’s first widely-distributed showing of their pre-production trailer, and Ressmeyer’s first 12-minute talk about the project. TEDxRainier is a gathering of thinkers, entrepreneurs, academics, artists, environmentalists and engaged citizens working to design better futures. View his presentation here.
2012 Person of the Year Article Despite early health issues, Ressmeyer has excelled as a science photographer, celebrity portraitist and stock agency executive. After nearly 40 years, he wants to add filmmaker to his illustrious résumé.
Article on the Visions of Tomorrow Movie Project For decades, photographer Roger Ressmeyer has chronicled discoveries in the frontiers of science, from nuclear fusion to the edges of the universe, and now he’s working to distill all those discoveries into a hopeful film about the future, titled “Visions of Tomorrow.”
|KING 5 TV
New Day Northwest Interview Local photographer, Roger Ressmeyer, launched his career shooting celebrities and rock stars, but he never gave up his passion for more celestial subjects.
Roger Ressmeyer: Going Where No PWD Has Gone Before We first heard about Roger Ressmeyer when he was selected as one of the top 20 finalists for the Space Race 2012, with a Grand Prize of a sub-orbital space flight! Unfortunately, we later learned Roger is no longer in the running, but his track record of pushing boundaries actually starts much earlier.
|SOCIAL INNOVATION FAST PITCH
SIFP taps world renowned filmmaker, photographer, and visionary Roger Ressmeyer for perspective Social Innovation Fast Pitch (SIFP), a production of Social Venture Partners (SVP), has chosen world renowned photographer, filmmaker, entrepreneur, digital rights pioneer, and visionary Roger Ressmeyer to provide a moment of reflection on October 18 at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion.
|THE SEATTLE TIMES
Mercer Island photographer Roger Ressmeyer has eye on the heavens, his mind on the cosmos Roger Ressmeyer is a photographer who makes you step back and see our planet, its moon, the sun, the stars — the whole cosmos, in fact — in action.