Emily Andersen’s portrait collection at the Shanghai International Photographic Art Exhibition

Internationally recognised photographer Emily Andersen’s portrait collection was exhibited at the 13th Shanghai International Photographic Art Exhibition in China this year.

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Alistair McAlpine, Baron McAlpine of West Green; Jane McAlpine, by Emily Andersen

Internationally recognised photographer Emily Andersen’s portrait collection was exhibited at the 13th Shanghai International Photographic Art Exhibition in China this year.

Emily, a Senior Lecturer in Photography at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), has over 25 years of experience working as a photographer with a diverse, high-profile list of people, including Michael Nyman, Stephen Frears, Bella Freud, Peter Blake, Zaha Hadid, Michael Caine, Helen Mirren, and more.

Her well-known portraits are in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London, whilst her work has also been exhibited and published worldwide, including Germany, India, South Korea, Canada, China, and the USA to name a few.

Commenting on how her wealth of international experience helps in her current role at NTU; Emily told us: “My international experience really benefits the students. For example, on a university trip to New York last year, I was able to organise studio visits to introduce the students to two high profile photographers who live and work there.

“Two years ago, I was selected to teach photography for two weeks at Tsinghua University in China. This gave me an insight into how a Chinese Art and Design department and university works. It also introduced me to the students and their life there.”

On a recent trip to one of NTU’s partner institutions, Kyoto University of Art & Design in Japan, Emily organised to visit Tokyo and Kyoto so that the students could experience two different cities.

Emily remarked: “The trip opened their eyes to how people from a different culture live. They were inspired by what they experienced and made some good photographs. Many of them want to visit Japan again.”

Emily is also part of The Association of Photographers, one of the most prestigious professional photographers’ associations in the world.

Her upcoming book of black and white portraits is due for release in February 2018.

Emily revealed: “This book is the culmination of a photographic project that has evolved over 25 years. The photographs are black and white portraits; some of pairs of people, fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, twins, friends, and companions.”

Emily Andersen’s portrait collection at the Shanghai International Photographic Art Exhibition

Published on 25 April 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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