Emily Andersen

Emily Andersen

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Art & Design

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Emily Andersen is a Lecturer in Photography and is responsible for teaching Critical practice and Visual practice, and for supervising MA students.

Emily is interested in supervising PhD students, if you are interested please select the Research tab to see more information about her research field.

Career overview

Emily is interested in supervising doctoral research proposals. Please see the research and scholarly and professional interests section above. Extensive information is available on Emily's website.

Research areas

Emily Andersen is an internationally recognized photographer. Her black and white and colour photographs are included in major public and private collections. Through broad ranging projects Andersen's practice explores themes of portraiture, of the body, and of architecture using both still and moving image.
Her research is informed by techniques and materials employed in making photographs, as well as the historical and current philosophical debates around photographic representation.

Emily Andersen is concerned with photography’s ability to convey ‘the real’, and the documentary quality of the photographic image. Her research is informed by Bertolt Brecht’s suggestion that the documentary image can never offer true understanding of the conditions of our complex modern reality.

Andersen’s photographic portraiture explores the psychological relations between people, often depicting pairs; friends, sisters, fathers, daughters and lovers. She has photographed many well-known people including; Michael Nyman, Eduardo Paolozzi, Peter Blake, Zaha Hadid, Bella Freud and Stephen Frears. These photographs are in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Andersen is compiling a book of her portraits for publication. This book will contribute to the reputation Andersen has made to photographic portraiture. Her directness in capturing the essence of the sitter, particularly with original portraits of women is recognized.

Current projects

In 2017, Emily exhibited at the Shanghai International Photographic Art Exhibition (group show), China Arts Museum. She also exhibited in Berlin in Why Not Hug The Strangers (group show), Dzialdov Gallery Exhibition.

In 2017, Andersen’s photograph of Eduardo and Anna Paolozzi from the National Portrait Gallery Collection was selected to promote the Sir John Soane’s Museum, London bid for Museum of the year.

In 2016 and 2017, Andersen’s photograph of Loretta Napoleoni was used for her books ISIS: The Terror Nation and Merchants of Men.

External activity

- 2014: Teaching visit at Tsinghua University, Beijing.
- 2013: Revalidation of Kingston University BA Photography course.
- 1998 – 2008: Trustee for the Organisation of Visual Arts (OVA). The organisation curates exhibitions and publishes artist's catalogues internationally. Since 2009 OVA is based at INIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts)
- 2010: writer for a regular column for Photography Monthly called Emily's people. Published by Archant and online at Photography Monthly
- 2010: Baking with Passion by Dan Leppard and Richard Whittington (23 illustrations) Quadrille Publishing, London
- 2010: Disgusting Bliss: The Brass Eye of Chris Morris by Lucian Randall (2 illustrations) Simon and Schuster Ltd
- 2009: James Joyce Literary supplement. Marilyn French (1 illustration)University of Miami, Vol 23, No 2.
- 1996 – current: Member of the Association of Photographers

Recent solo and group exhibitions include:
- 2017: Shanghai International Photographic Art Exhibition, China Arts Museum (group show)
- 2017: Why Not Hug The Strangers, Dzialdov Gallery Exhibition, Berlin (group show)
- 2015: In Place Of Architecture, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University (group show)
- 2015: Still there, Literatur Moths Gallery, Munich, Germany (solo show)
- 2014: Train (film), One Minute Film Festival:10 Years, Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) USA. (group show)
- 2013: A Photograph is Not an Opinion - Contemporary Photography by women. Focus, Terrace Gallery (Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda) Mumbai, India. (group show)
- 2013: She-Bop- a-lula. At the Dimbola Gallery, Isle of Wight, UK. (group show)
- 2010: Great Composers from Elgar to Ades, National Portrait Gallery (Judith Weir) (group show)
- 2009: Paradise lost and Found, Trinkkurhalle Timmendorferstrand Germany  (solo show)
- 2008: Contextuality, Mumford Fine Art (solo show)
- 2008: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (group show)

Recent funding include:

  • 2009: National Lottery Fund through the Arts Council of England for book publication
    2002 – 2003: Millennium Award, Millennium Commission for exhibition Birds Eye View

Sponsors and collaborators

Emily Andersen's photography has been published and exhibited internationally. She has exhibited at The Royal Academy, The Institute of Contemporary Art, and The Photographer's Gallery in London. The Institute Francais d'Ecosse in Edinburgh, the Impressions Gallery York, the Ikon in Birmingham The Maison de Photo in Montreal, and The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa Canada. She has won the John Kobal prize for innovative portraiture, and her portraits are in the permanent collection of The National Portrait Gallery in London.

Emily has recently been sponsored by and collaborated with:

  • Arts Council of England
  • The National Lottery
  • Millennium Commission, Millennium Award
  • HotShoe Publishing Ltd (UK)
  • Emotion Magazine (Germany)
  • Prestel Publishers (UK and Germany)
  • Simon and Schuster Publishers (UK)
  • Quadrille Publishers (UK)
  • Harper Collins Publishers (UK)
  • Rockport Publishers (USA)
  • "Intelligent Life" The Economist Magazine (UK)
  • "Intelligent Life" Lithuanian edition (Lithuania)
  • Photography Monthly, Archant Publishing (UK)
  • Mumford Fine Art, London
  • National Portrait Gallery, London
  • Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
  • Elizabeth Wright, artist
  • landguardshoot.org
  • Commissions East
  • Association of Photographers
  • Image Magazine (UK)
  • Technical University, Munich
  • Technical University, Berlin (Architecture gallery)
  • Trinkkurhalle,Timmendorferstrand, Germany
  • Theartsdesk.com
  • University of Miami
  • Matchbox magazine (UK)
  • Gabriela Switek, writer, curator and art historian
  • Domus Magazine (Italy)
  • Digital Photographer (UK)
  • Pozytyw magazine (Poland)
  • Suddeutche Zeitung (Germany)
  • Diamanda Galas