Kristen Joy Emack’s Cousins

Kristen Joy Emack
12×18 inch framed print, signed on back
Edition: 1/15

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I’ve been photographing my daughter and three nieces for close to a decade. There is something sacred about the lives of girls, their innocent, confident relationships to themselves, their world and one another is gravitational. Between them is an intimate and spiritual knowledge, both ordinary and extraordinary, and my aim is to capture the brilliance of their communion.

My hope is that when they look back on this work, they will see their beauty, and their devotion to each other, and will find themselves here, in this work we made together, reflected with love.

Kristen Emack is a photographer and public school educator who lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is primarily a self-taught photographer. Kristen is a Macdowell Residency Fellow, a Mass Cultural Council Photography Fellow, and this June received the Saint Botolph Grant. She is a CRITICAL MASS Top 50 Winner,a Michael Reichmann Project Grant recipient, a PDN Emerging 30 nominee. Her interview in Vogue Italia was published in February 2020, and she recently became a series winner in Lensculture Portraits. Kristen won first place in Social Documentary Network’s ZEKE Award, and was shown at Photoville this past fall. Kristen is represented by Gallery Kayafas, Boston, where she currently has a solo show.

Kristen's work includes two ongoing projects that look at childhood, family and visibility, and a finished series that looks at loss.