Emily Yang is a visual artist working with photography and video. She was born in Shanghai, China, lives in New York City now. She graduated from Shanghai University with a B.A in Film-making and received MFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Exhibitions include the Miami Film Festival; Vermont Center for Photography; Aperture Foundation, New York; CENTER, Santa FE.
Her interests include the expanded meaning of the photograph by connecting different context in which the object is placed. Yang often asks subjects she has encountered during her daily life to pose for the camera to investigate the power dynamics between the mechanical eye of the camera, the photographer and the subject. Instead of a directly confrontational approach, she insists on picturing the subtle manifestations of the relationships, using photographic framing, focusing and distortion to her advantage.