Emily Graham (born 1983 in UK; lives and works in London) is an artist working primarily with colour photography.

Her practice often deals with elusive subject matters; a search for the unknown, a psychological state, the act of communication and interpretation. She is interested in creating a loose, expressive form of documentation that leaves room for subjective interpretations, embracing the suggestive and metaphorical potential of photographs.


2020 Shortlisted Artist, Bar Tur Photo Award
2019 Third Prize Winner, British Journal of Photography International Photography Award
2019 Shortlisted Artist, Images Vevey Book Award
2018 Shortlisted Artist, SOLO18 Brighton Photo Fringe
2018 Genesis Imaging Postgraduate Award, Commended Entry
2017 Flash Forward winner, Magenta Foundation


2017- 2019 MA Photography, University of West England
2003 – 2006 BA Hons in Photography, University of Brighton


Solo Exhibitions
2020 The Palace, Landskrona Foto, Sweden
2019 The Blindest Man, Derby Market Hall, Format Festival, Derby
2009 Hackney Youth (commission), Chats Palace, London
2008 Hackney Youth (commission), Rothschild Bank, London

Group Exhibitions
2019 Curated by Sian Bonnell, The Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
2019 Center Annual, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas, USA
2019 Tellers, Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol
2018 SOLO18 Shortlist Brighton Photo Fringe, ONCA Gallery, Brighton
2018 Foundations, Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol
2017 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward exhibition, Toronto
2010 Strange Bedfellows, Gallery 1989, London
2009 Summer Show, HOST Gallery, London
2007 Things We Love, Crane Kalman Gallery, Brighton
2007 Let’s Pretend We Are Dead, Nog Gallery, London
2006 NEW, Shipton Street Gallery, London
2006 Freerange, Truman Brewery, London
2006 The Final Show, University of Brighton, Brighton

Selected Publications

Portfolios & interviews featured in publications including Creative Review, The British Journal of Photography, Flak Photo, The Telegraph, HUCK, Photomonitor, Huffington Post, WaterAid & Form IV (online).

Selected Projects/ Commissions

Magnum Photos Now: The Medium is the Message Symposium, Barbican Centre July 2019 (curator & producer) (2019)
The Body Observed, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (co-curator) (2019)
Portrait of a City, Hull City of Culture 2017, Humber Street Gallery, Hull (producer) (2017)
David Hurn’s Swaps exhibition, Photo London, Somerset House, London (producer) (2017)
Magnum Live Lab exhibition, London (producer) (2017)
The Magnum Photobook: A Catalogue Raisonne (editor/researcher) (2016)
Guest lecturer, various universities including London College of Communication, Portsmouth University, University of West England (2013 – present)
Random House Book Covers: cover image photographs for selected publications (2016)
Night Contact Festival (Founder/Artistic Director): London (2013), Brighton Photo Biennial (2014) www.nightcontact.co.uk
Harper Collins Book Covers: cover image photographs for selected publications (2014)
On the Collection: Writing National Media Museum online (2014)
What Is England; group photography project, curated by Stuart Pilkington (2010)
Hackney Youth Commission with Skyway Charity, exhibited at Rothschild Bank & Chats Palace (2008)