Emery has cultivated a nuanced aesthetic that draws upon her itinerant background. Moving between different countries in Europe and Asia, while travelling extensively from a young age, has gifted the German photographer with a generous familiarity of a diversity of cultures. Her images are both delicate as well as probing. Often permeated with Japanese influences, stemming from her deep appreciation for Japan and its aesthetic as well as animistic philosophies, her images are acutely poetic.
Emery’s photographs have been published by Gestalten, Rizzoli and Self Publish Be Happy. She was nominated for the FOAM Paul Huf Award 2015 and shortlisted by the Magenta Foundation within the Flash Forward Emerging Photographers 2016 Award.
Emery’s first monograph Rie was selected as one of the most engaging & exciting projects in photography by the British Journal of Photography and featured on their January 2017 cover. The book opened a distinctly feminine dialogue with the hope to reinstill an innocence in the way that we view our bodies.
Her second book Yuka & The Forest was exhibited within the Prix du Livre d’Auteur in Arles in 2019 and introduces us to the chinju-no-mori, the sacred forest. We are reminded that cultures like that of Japan, which are deeply embedded in nature, have been able to preserve much of their natural habitat by having fostered an interconnected value system. By embarking on a journey of reflection leading us through a remote village high into the midst of a vast landscape, we are prompted to contemplate nature’s profound serenity and as the last pages fall also its demise at the hand of our own.
Clients include: Arket, British Vogue, Cos, Club Monaco, Dazed, De Beers, Dior, Everlane, Helmut Lang, Hermes, Lemaire, M Le Monde, Nowness, Pleasure Garden, Purple, Pop, Stella McCartney, System, Teen Vogue, Tiffany & Co, The Gentlewoman and WSJ.
She has directed films for Nowness, COS, De Beers, Everlane and various charities.
‘Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion’ , Asama International Photo Festival, Japan
‘Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion’, Ground Floor Gallery, 10 Thurloe Place, London
‘Unuounu‘, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London
‘Vogue: Female Gaze’, Annenberg Space of Photography New York