Emily Garthwaite is a London based photojournalist and street photographer with a focus on humanitarian and environmental stories. Her fearlessness & craft as a photographer fused with her sheer love of people has cemented her skill as one of the most important storytellers of her generation. Whether she is traveling through the Yayu Wildforest of Ethiopia to learn about coffee, touring the salt flats of Turda in the north-west of Romania, or documenting life in the refugee camps of Calais, her objective is the same - to share people’s stories in the most honest and truthful way possible. The strong influence of her Indian heritage can be felt vividly in her work, especially through her beautifully rich approach to colour and tonality. Her artistry in editing allows her to take her images to another level, masterfully drawing out colour to pinpoint where she wants the eye to go.
Emily graduated with a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of Westminster in late 2016. Her heartbreaking image of an Asian elephant entitled ‘Chained to Tradition’ was selected as a Finalist for Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2015, in the Photojournalism category.
She recently co-directed her first documentary in Iraq on Arba’een, the world's largest annual pilgrimage. In 2018, the Iraq series and documentary are being exhibited internationally.