Born in Germany, Lena C. Emery studied Fine Arts at Parsons 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
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.
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.
“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
Chanel, Chloe, De Beers, Dior, Everlane, Helmut Lang, Hermes, La Perla, Lemaire, Nowness, Stella McCartney, 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, WSJ
‘Rie’, publ. by Kominek, 2016
‘Yuka & The Forest’, publ. by Art Paper Editions, 2018
‘I Undressed To Climb a Tree’, publ. by Art Paper Editions, 2021
‘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