Carissa "Car" Pelleteri is a portrait photographer and author. A born and raised New Yorker, while growing up in Brooklyn, Car started shooting portraits of herself and her friends at the tender age of ten. From her friendships and life in the city, Car is drawn to raw and candid subjects for their honesty and authenticity. She also has a love for the ocean, and its surrounding landscapes.

Her first book titled Surf+Turf:Montauk was released in 2014. A second book, titled Montauk 11954, holds 102 color photographs newly released by Schiffer Publishing.

Self-portrait, ©Car Pelleteri



  • August - Book signing, MONTAUK 11954, East Hampton Library’s Authors Night, August 10th 2019, Amagansett, NY

2019 June - Presenter at OPTIC 2019 in New York City. June 2nd, 3rd. Sponsored by B&H Photo & Lindblad Expeditions.

  • February - Guest speaker, SUNY FIT, Photography department

2018 October 12, "Keeping Things Light" Outdoor Photography on Montauk, NY, Presentation at B&H Photo, NYC

  • October 3, Montauk 11954: Summer Reminisced / Book Launch, Blender Workspace, 135 Madison Ave, NYC

  • Rell Sunn 20th Annual Benefit, East End Foundation, Ditch Plains Beach, Montauk, NY

2017  Rell Sunn 19th Annual Benefit, East End Foundation, Atlantic Terrace Gallery, Montauk, NY

2014  Solo Show, Surf+Turf: Montauk, The Montauk Beach House, Montauk, NY

2013  Don't Look Back, The Camera Club of New York, New York, NY

2012  Today is the Day, Inaugural Benefit, November 27th, Jane Ballroom, New York, NY

2011  The Newsbox Project, The Fashion Center, 39th St., New York, NY

  • Issue Project Room Benefit Art Auction, Industria Superstudio, New York, NY

  • Spaced Out, The Camera Club of New York, New York, NY

  • (P)ART COMMERICAL: Photographic Visions with Dual Purpose, Presentation of commercial work at B&H Photo, New York, NY

2010  Photo Benefit Auction for The Camera Club of New York, The Exhibition Lab, New York, NY  

  • Young Photographers Alliance Benefit Auction, New York, NY

  • Loose Threads, Fashion Center Space for Public Art, New York, NY

  • Gallery 8, The Fashion Center, A Juried Art Exhibition, Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY

  • On The Far Side of Here, The Camera Club of New York, New York, NY

2008   Auction of Contemporary Art Benefit for Issue Project Room, Phillips de Pury & Co, New York, NY

  • Hommies, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY

2003    K48 “Attack” The Kult 48 Klubhouse, Deitch Projects, New York, NY        

  • K48 “Teenage Rebel” The Bedroom Show, Galerie du Jour, Agnès B, Paris, France

  • K48 "Now Playing", D'Amelio Terras Gallery, New York, NY


The Brooklynites, by Seth Kushner & Anthony LaSala (published by Powerhouse Books) p.56

10 Years of Trace, by Claude Grunitzky & Steven Psyllos, p.392