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.