Born in Germany, Lena C. Emery studied Fine Arts in Paris and continued her studies in Berlin, before moving to London in 2012.
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. Her 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.
“When I first picked up Rie, I immediately knew this wasn’t an ordinary book of nudes. This openess creates pictures much like a breath of fresh air. Emery is certainly a portraitist and bookmaker whose work I will continue to keep an eye on.“ – Todd Hido, Photographer
Much of Emery’s childhood was spent traveling extensively while living in different countries throughout Europe and Asia. Emery has cultivated a nuanced aesthetic that draws upon her itinerant background. Her personal work is often permeated with Japanese influences, stemming from her deep appreciation for Japan’s aesthetic and animistic philosophies. Her images are delicate, but probing and her approach is acutely poetic.
“Lena C. Emery’s photographs are characterised by their elegance, sensuality and intimation of narrative. In Emery’s work, the effect of the photograph is to engender a moment of intimacy in which the self shifts from private to public.”
– Lucy Kumara Moore, Claire de Rouen
Emery’s 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 which are deeply embedded in nature, have been able to preserve much of their natural habitat by having fostered an interconnected value system.
‘Rie’, Kominek Books, 2016
‘Yuka & The Forest’, Art Paper Editions, 2018
‘I Undressed To Climb a Tree’, Art Paper Editions, 2021
Published in Books
‘Anti Glossy: Fashion Photography Now, 2019’, written and edited by Patrick Remy publ. by Rizzoli, 2019
‘Posturing’, edited by Shonagh Marsahll and Holly Hay publ. by SPBH Editions, 2018
‘The Still Life’, edited by Gestalten & Anna Sinofzik, publ. by Gestalten, 2015
‘Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion’, Asama International Photo Festival, JP
‘Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion’, curated by Holly Hay and Shonagh Marshall, Ground Floor Gallery, UK
‘Unuounu‘, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, UK
‘Vogue: Female Gaze’, Annenberg Space of Photography, US
Chanel, Chloe, De Beers, Dior, Everlane, Helmut Lang, Hermes, La Perla, Lemaire, Nowness, Stella McCartney and Tiffany & Co. Emery has directed films for Nowness, COS, De Beers, Everlane and various charities.
Apartamento, British Vogue, Dazed, M Le Monde, Pleasure Garden, Purple, Pop, System, The Gentlewoman and WSJ.