Emma Critchley focuses her work on studies of the human form as seen from underwater in both still photography and video. Emma explores the way water changes our relationship with our bodies, the way we see and hear things differently underwater and the effects the change in gravity make. She is fascinated with the idea that whilst underwater we become suspended in a threshold state, held within a transitory temporarily sustained by the breath. Here the breath, which is otherwise a reflexive function, becomes heightened and interrupted, reminding us of the fragility of life.
Emma studied photography at the University of Brighton before going onto the Royal College of Art to take her MA in Photography. She has developed works funded by The Photographers Gallery, The National Media Museum, The Arts Council England, The British Council and the Singapore International Foundation. Emma’s work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at The Australian Centre of Photography, the ICA Singapore, The National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers Gallery and Saatchi Gallery’s New Sensations.
We are currently collaborating with Emma on her project When the Waters Recede. You can read more about the project here.