German born Lena C. Emery has cultivated a nuanced aesthetic that draws upon her itinerant background of having moved between Switzerland, Singapore, Indonesia, Berlin and Paris, before settling in London at the age of 27.
Her photographs are both delicate as well as probing. Often permeated with Japanese influences stemming from her extensive familiarity with Japanese culture and 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, 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.
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.