James Emmerman is an NYC-based portrait, fashion, and documentary photographer. His work celebrates and explores the possibilities of contemporary gender, representation, community, style, persona, and humor. James began to focus on photography in early 2014 by shooting queer nightlife in New York, and throughout his growth as a photographer and artist, the city’s queer scene has remained a constant inspiration.
For this series of self-portraits, James was inspired by a recent string of nightmares he had a few weeks prior. He found the contrast of inspiration from fear alluring, and the images (self-styled and directed) are fashion pictures at face-value but with an unnerving edge.
photo assistance by Ian Crane
James’ work has recently appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Paper, W, Document Journal, Milk, Pitchfork, Slate, LOVE, them., VICE, Billboard, OUT, Interview, etc. In 2018 he was named a PDN Emerging photographer and was profiled by Milk Studios as an artist to watch.