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 photographer a generous familiarity with a diversity of cultures. Her photographs are both delicate as well as probing. Often permeated with Japanese influences, stemming from her deep appreciation for Japanese philosophies, her work is acutely poetic.

Emery’s photographs have been published by Gestalten, Rizzoli and Self Publish Be Happy, while institutions such as Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art and Annenberg Space of Photography have exhibited her work. Emery was nominated for the FOAM Paul Huf Award 2015 and was selected amongst UK Winners by the Magenta Foundation within the Flash Forward Emerging Photographers 2016 Award.

Emery’s first monograph Rie (published by Kominek, launched at Paris Photo, 2016), 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 on the act of revealing, without allowing an inner or outer surveyor to be present.

Emery’s most recent book Yuka & The Forest (published by Art Paper Editions, 2018) 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 perserve much of their natural habitat by having fostered an interconnected value system. Within Yuka & The Forest we embark on a journey of reflection that leads us through a remote village high into the midst of a vast lanscape, prompting us to contemplate nature’s profound serenity and as the last pages fall also of its demise at the hand of our own.

Within the field of fashion, Emery has created thoughtfully curated imagery for Dior, Stella McCartney, Helmut Lang, Hermes, Lemaire and Tiffany. Emery’s editorial commissions include The Gentlewoman, M Le Magazine du Monde, Purple, Pop, British Vogue, WSJ Magazine and System.

Emery has directed films for Nowness as well as COS.

Print Sales



The Tree, 2018
Published by Art Paper Editions
Edition of 1000

Yuka & The Forest, 2018
Published by Art Paper Editions
Edition of 500

Rie Special Edition, 2016
Book in Linen Slipcase incl. C-Type Print
Special Edition of 35

Rie, 2016
Published by Kominek
Edition of 750