Russek began photographing still lifes in 1993 that evolved into a twenty-year project using her imagery metaphorically to relate to the birth and death cycle. The work culminated in the publication of The Tenuous Stem, Radius Books, 2013. Her current work contrasts high and low culture through the use of words and images addressing the current political climate. This project pairs photographs of classical sculpture and painting with phrases from the subject line of spam emails that she has collected over many years. Russek collaborated with her husband, David Scheinbaum, on three publications, Ghost Ranch: Land of Light, Photographs by David Scheinbaum and Janet Russek, Balcony Press, 1997, and Images in the Heavens, Patterns on the Earth: The I Ching, the Museum of New Mexico Press, 2005, and Remnants: Photographs of The Lower East Side, Radius Books, 2017. Russek assisted Eliot Porter from 1980 until the time of his death in 1990.