Emily Schiffer is a photographer and mixed media artist interested in the intersection between art, community engagement, and social change.
She is a Co-founder and Creative Director of We, Women, the largest social impact photography project by women and gender non-conforming artists in the United States.
Awards include: an Audience Engagement Grant from the Open Society Foundation, an Emergency Fund Grant from the Magnum Foundation, the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Portraiture, the Inge Morath Award, an Economic Hardship Reporting Project Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship in Photography. Emily has exhibited her photographs internationally at institutions including the Upper Austrian Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art Lansgalerie Linz (Austria); Fotografie Forum Frankfurt (Germany), Espacio Fundacion Telefonica (Madrid), and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila. Publications include: Aperture, Smithsonian Magazine, PDN, TIME, the Washington Post, and Mother Jones.
In 2005, she started Viewpoint Youth Photography Initiative on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, where she taught photography and photographed with her students through 2017. Emily co-created See Potential, a community engagement project that installed giant photographs onto abandoned buildings on the South Side of Chicago to illustrate community-led development initiatives, and invited viewers to sign petitions of support via text messaging. She also co-created Danube Revisited: The Inge Morath Truck Project. For this photographic road trip and traveling exhibition, a truck was converted into a mobile gallery, which visited villages and cities along the Danube River in Central and Eastern Europe.
Emily holds a BA (cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA in Art from the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design. She is a faculty member of the International Center of Photography, and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Emily also works as the Lakou NOU Programs Coordinator at Haiti Cultural Exchange, where she supports the artists in residence's collaborative social justice art projects.
Emily lives in Brooklyn and is available to work internationally.
All images are available as limited edition prints.