Emily Schiffer is a documentary photographer interested in the intersection between art, audience engagement, and social change.
In 2003 she received her BA in Fine Art and African American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2005, She founded the My Viewpoint Youth Photography Initiative on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, where she continues to teach and shoot. In 2011, she co-created See Potential, a community engagement/ public art project that installs documentary images on abandoned buildings to illustrate economic development initiatives of community leaders on the South Side of Chicago.
Awards include: a 2012 Audience Engagement Grant from the Open Society Foundation, a 2011 Emergency Fund Grant from the Magnum Foundation, the 2010 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Portraiture, winner of the PDN Photo Annual Personal Project Category-2010, first prize in the 2010 IPA Lucie Awards, the 2009 Inge Morath Award, presented by Magnum Photos and the Inge Morath Foundation, and a 2006-2007 Fulbright Fellowship in Photography. Emily has exhibited her photographs internationally. Publications include: Aperture, Smithsonian Magazine, PDN, TIME Magazine Lightbox, and Mother Jones. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Farnsworth Museum, US, The Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan, Foto Baryo, Philippines, and The Center for Fine Art Photography, US.