Photo by Chris Floyd

About Emma Blau

ARTIST | CURATOR | COMMENTATOR

Emma Blau has been at the forefront of visual culture her whole life. As a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, photographic artist with work held in the National Portrait Gallery, London, exhibition curator, gallerist, public speaker, lecturer, vintage clothes collector and singer, Emma believes there is always something memorable to be shared and talked about in the visual world around us, wherever we are.

Emma holds an MA in Image & Communication (Photography) with distinction from Goldsmiths, University of London and is a lecturer and speaker at events and institutions such as BAFTA, The London Art Fair, Photo London, The Club at The Ivy, Nottingham Trent University and Goldsmiths, University of London.

She is a published author and has written for publications such as The GuardianThe Telegraph Magazine and The Royal Photographic Magazine.

She also contributes to TV and radio programmes, including  The Changing Face of The Queen (Back2Back Productions), London Live, ITV News and BBC Radio London.

Recent projects have included ‘209 women’, an artist-led initiative which marked 100 years of women achieving the vote in the UK and featured 209 new portraits of all elected women MPs made by women photographers. Emma’s portrait of Luciana Berger was exhibited in the Houses of Parliament and The Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool as well as featuring in the book accompanying the exhibition, published by Bluecoat Press. The exhibited image was also acquired by The Parliamentary Art Collection

She is a co-owner of the photographic agency Camera Press and directed and produced the documentary “Camera Press at 70 : A Lifetime In Pictures” made to celebrate their platinum anniversary which accompanied the exhibition of the same name that she curated.

Emma sits on the Photographers’ Gallery Young Patrons’ Committee and is currently a mentor for Arts Emergency, an award-winning mentoring charity and support network which helps young people get a fair start in the arts and humanities.

Photo by Chris Floyd

About Emma Blau

ARTIST | CURATOR | COMMENTATOR

Emma Blau has been at the forefront of visual culture her whole life. As a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, photographic artist with work held in the National Portrait Gallery, London, exhibition curator, gallerist, public speaker, lecturer, vintage clothes collector and singer, Emma believes there is always something memorable to be shared and talked about in the visual world around us, wherever we are.

Emma holds an MA in Image & Communication (Photography) with distinction from Goldsmiths, University of London and is a lecturer and speaker at events and institutions such as BAFTA, The London Art Fair, Photo London, The Club at The Ivy, Nottingham Trent University and Goldsmiths, University of London.

She is a published author and has written for publications such as The GuardianThe Telegraph Magazine and The Royal Photographic Magazine.

She also contributes to TV and radio programmes, including  The Changing Face of The Queen (Back2Back Productions), London Live, ITV News and BBC Radio London.

Recent projects have included ‘209 women’, an artist-led initiative which marked 100 years of women achieving the vote in the UK and featured 209 new portraits of all elected women MPs made by women photographers. Emma’s portrait of Luciana Berger was exhibited in the Houses of Parliament and The Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool as well as featuring in the book accompanying the exhibition, published by Bluecoat Press. The exhibited image was also acquired by The Parliamentary Art Collection

She is a co-owner of the photographic agency Camera Press and directed and produced the documentary “Camera Press at 70 : A Lifetime In Pictures” made to celebrate their platinum anniversary which accompanied the exhibition of the same name that she curated.

Emma sits on the Photographers’ Gallery Contemporaries’ Committee and is currently a mentor for Arts Emergency, an award-winning mentoring charity and support network which helps young people get a fair start in the arts and humanities.

Exhibitions

209 Women Houses of Parliament, London, UK
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Face Forward Lisson Grove, Bernhardt Crescent & Jerome Crescent, Westminster, London, UK
Light New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, New Orleans, USA
People of Today National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
(IN)VISIBLE (IN)SIGHTS Hereford Photographic Festival, Hereford, UK
(IN)VISIBLE (IN)SIGHTS Guardian Newsroom, London, UK
(IN)VISIBLE (IN)SIGHTS Menier Gallery, London, UK
Stopgaps Sosho, London, UK
Scopophillia Gallery Westland Place, London, UK
Synthetix Goldsmiths College, London, UK

Awards / Grants

Face ForwardFunding awarded by Westminster City Council. Exhibition included as part of Photo London and London Festival of Architecture public programmes.
(IN)VISIBLE (IN)SIGHTSFunding awarded by London Arts through the Regional Arts Lottery Fund (Arts Council England) and the Association of London Government Arts Fund
(IN)VISIBLE (IN)SIGHTSFlash Forward from The Magenta Foundation, Canada, Winner
(IN)VISIBLE (IN)SIGHTSCitigroup Photography Prize, Nominated
(IN)VISIBLE (IN)SIGHTSObserver Hodge Award, Highly Commended
BeachcombingSelected for exhibition at New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, New Orleans, USA
  

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