continuing to look at West Coast photographers.....
My friend Andy Adams recommended Emily Shur's wonderful work to me, and I'm sure glad he did. Emily is a New York City native who continued her education in the big apple at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, graduating with honors in Photography. She now makes her mark on the left coast, and shoots for a roster of prestigious publications, including Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Wired, and Esquire. Her work has been celebrated and awarded, and most recently shown in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. She also has a terrific blog, My Four Eyed Fantasy.
Emily's personal vision comes from a someone who has the ability to capture unremarkable moments and make them postcard perfect. Emily's commercial work is filled with lots of familiar faces, but she still manages to show us something fresh. She's an observer of people and places, and there is an underlying joy in her work. She leaves you wanting more, and I have a feeling we are going to get it.
"My photographs are about life’s bigness and smallness, it’s grandeur and subtleties, and how those two overlap on a daily basis. These images depict beauty, humor, sadness, isolation, and a myriad of other hard to define feelings. Photography has been my tool; my way of creating a tangible document of the meaningful subconscious moments that make up a life. My ultimate goal is that the work transcends my individual experience and becomes larger than me."