Emily Matyas' work focuses on people, culture and psychology. She began her photographic career as a journalist, working for magazines and later for Save the Children in Mexico. In Mexico, her work developed a metaphoric and conceptual component, leading her into art photography. She received her MFA in photography from Arizona State University in 2002. Since then, she has taught photography at the college level and led many youth workshops. Her photos are exhibited widely and collected by organizations including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Biennial in Barcelona. She is a recipient of two Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. She continues to make work for her "I Am My Ancestors" series.