Teresa Emanuele


Teresa Emanuele was born in Rome in 1980. She earned a BA in law from Rome's LUISS University and an LLM from Columbia University. It was living in New York City that fostered her interest in art as she began taking her first photographs, learning more about the medium along the way. In 2008 she attended the Photo Manhattan - School of Photography, where she perfected technique in black & white and portraiture. She quit as an associate in a Wall Street law firm at the end of 2008 and moved back to Rome to dedicate more time to art.

Her artistic research focuses on the three-dimensional and kinetic potential of black & white prints on transparent surfaces such as glass and methacrylate. Teresa is also a consultant for MACRO - The Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome. 

About the technique:

Teresa Emanuele is mostly inspired by the beauty of Nature and the power of Man kind, even though the human presence hardly ever appears in her photographs.

Emanuele’s most recent work features black & white photographs printed directly on transparent surfaces, such a glass and Oroglas.

By hanging the prints at a few centimetres off the wall with custom-made hooks and by pointing at them any source of light, the prints cast a shadow on the wall behind. The result is a unique 3D effect, unknown to other forms of photography and printing.

Moreover, Emanuele has been experimenting kinetic photography with her so called “shadow-boxes”.  With these works she challenges the statics of photography by framing her prints and hiding miniature fans within the frame. These fans blow a gentle wind on a layer of white fabric, also hidden in the frame. As a result, the shadows cast by the print on the fabric are gently animated, as if a soft wind was blowing, and the photographs are brought back to life.

Emanuele is also investigating all possible interactions between digital and analogy photography. In addition to film photography and darkroom printing, Emanuele engraves photographs on zinc and copper (so called photo-etching) and produces limited edition with a printing press.

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