Lena C. Emery has cultivated a nuanced aesthetic that draws upon her itinerant background. Traveling the world extensively from a young age and moving between different countries in Europe and Asia has gifted the German artist a generous familiarity with a diversity of cultures. Her work is both delicate as well as probing. Often permeated with Japanese influences, stemming from her deep appreciation for Japanese philosophies, her images are acutely poetic.
Emery’s photographs have been published by Gestalten, Rizzoli and Self Publish Be Happy. Emery 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 (printed on 100% recycled paper, 30% of profits donated to WWF), exhibited within the Prix du Livre d’Auteur in Arles in 2019, 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. We embark on a journey of reflection leading through a remote village high into the midst of a vast landscape, prompting us to contemplate nature’s profound serenity and as the last pages fall also of its demise at the hand of our own.
Emery has created thoughtfully curated imagery for Dior, Stella McCartney, Helmut Lang, Hermes, Lemaire and Tiffany & Co as well as publication such as The Gentlewoman, M Le Magazine du Monde, Purple, Pop, British Vogue, WSJ Magazine and System.
Emery has directed films for Nowness, COS, 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