Emily Garthwaite is an award-winning photojournalist, Forbes 30 Under 30, Leica Ambassador and storyteller focusing on humanitarian and environmental stories.
Emily’s work weaves together themes of shared humanity, religion, coexistence with the natural world and displacement. She has a Masters in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism from the University of Westminster and lives in Iraq.
Since 2017, Emily has walked over 650km through Iraq photographing its land and people in order to share untold stories of contemporary Iraq. She has worked in and walked across the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to document how airstrikes and landmines contribute to the destruction of tangible and intangible cultural heritage for Article 36, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning specialist non-profit organisation focused on reducing harm from weapons.
Emily also co-directed The 40th Day, a documentary covering Arba’een, the world’s largest annual pilgrimage that takes place in southern Iraq. Emily has twice walked and photographed the pilgrimage.
She has exhibited her work internationally, including at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland as well as the Leica Mayfair Gallery, South Bank Centre, Somerset House and The Natural History Museum in London. Her work has been published by The Guardian, WeTransfer, Smithsonian Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times Magazine, BBC News, EuroNews, Forbes, SUITCASE Magazine, Leica Camera and i-D Magazine.
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