Discipline: Visual Art – photography

Kristen Joy Emack

Discipline: Visual Art – photography
Region: Cambridge, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2021

Kristen Joy Emack is a photographer and public school educator who lives and works in Cambridge, MA. She holds a degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She is primarily a self-taught photographer. Kristen is a Mass Cultural Council Photography Fellow. She is a CRITICAL MASS Top 50 Winner, a Michael Reichmann Project Grant recipient, a PDN Emerging 30 nominee and will have images on The Fence this spring for the second time. Her interview in Vogue Italia was published in February, and recently she became the 2nd place series winner in Lensculture Portraits. This June Kristen won 1st place in Social Documentary Network’s ZEKE Award.

She photographed vintage family photos in the natural landscape on the MacDowell property surrounding her studio. These images will accompany the creative nonfiction story she wrote there, describing her mother, and grandmother's dementias, complicated marriages, sacrifices, and secrets. Kristen also used her time in residency to sequence her book dummy for her long-term documentary series, “Cousins,” and was happy to photograph several other fellows before departing. Since returning home, Kristen was invited into the Atlanta's ACP Ones To Watch exhibition in October, 2021, has had three limited edition images acquired by a collector and been featured in the Curious Society Magazine.

Made at MacDowell

Fellow Works Supported by MacDowell

Cousins (Photography Book)



Kristen Joy Emack worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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