Emma Phillips is a photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work, set around the focal point of the home, probes ideals of domesticity, womanhood, memory and dreams. Recent activities include a photobook commission from Photo Australia, nomination for the Murray Art Museum Albury National Photography Prize, and an exhibition at ReadingRoom in 2019. From 2014-2019 Emma was the photobook buyer at Perimeter Books, where she implemented the Perimeter Talks program, a series of panel discussions, lectures, and casual in-conversations with publishers, artists, curators, designers, writers and editors exploring and addressing various themes and issues relating to contemporary photographic, art and design publishing. Emma is an occasional writer and educator, contributing to programs at University of Technology, Sydney, Photography Studies College, Melbourne and Penumbra Foundation, New York City. Emma earned an MFA in 2017 from the University of Hartford’s International Limited-Residency program.

Gallery Representation 
37 Swanston Street
Room 4, Level 6, The Nicholas Building
+61 (0) 424 627 751
office at areadingroom.com


2022 Master of Social Work, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
2017 Master of Fine Arts, University of Hartford, Hartford, USA
2010 Bachelor of Arts (Photography), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Solo Exhibitions

2021 Forthcoming exhibition, ReadingRoom, Melbourne, Australia
2019 Too Much to Dream, ReadingRoom, Melbourne, Australia
2017 Greetings, CAVES, Melbourne, Australia
2016 A light on the wall, neospace, Melbourne, Australia
2013 Salt, Xishuangbanna Foto Festival, Yunnan, China
2013 Salt, Edmund Pearce gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Surreal Landscapes, curated by Danny Lacy, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Australia 
2020 What’s outside the window?, Curated by Olivia Radonich, ReadingRoom, Melbourne, Australia, Online
2020 In praise of care, Curated by Isobel Parker Philip, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, Online
2020 Shadow catchers, Curated by Isobel Parker Philip, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2020 National Photography Prize, Murray Art Museum Albury, Albury, Australia
Bodies of Work, Curated by Benison Kilby, Bus Projects, Melbourne, Australia
2019 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, Moran Arts Foundation, Sydney, Australia
2019 Stories we tell ourselves, Curated by Ashlyn Davis, Earl & Virginia Green Gallery, La Mirada, USA

2018 Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, HOTA, Gold Coast, Australia
2018 Stories we tell ourselves, Curated by Ashlyn Davis, Wrong gallery, Marfa, USA
2018 The Art of Collecting, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
2018 National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia

2017 CAVES Fundraiser, CAVES, Melbourne, Australia
2017 An unorthodox flow of images, Curated by Naomi Cass & Pippa Milne, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
2017 CAVES offsite @ Spring 1883 Art Fair, The Establishment Hotel, Sydney, Australia
2017 13, Curated by Robert Lyons, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford, USA
2017 Specimen, Curated by Giles Fielke, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia

2013 lose/you, Curated by Jordan Sullivan, The Jane Hotel, New York City, USA
2013 The Wild & The Innocent, Curated by Jordan Sullivan, Clic bookstore & gallery, New York City, USA

Grants, Prizes
2020 C/O Berlin Talent Award, Nomination

2020 Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation, National Assistance Program for the Arts
2020 National Photography Prize, Finalist
2019 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, Finalist
2018 Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Finalist
2018 National Photographic Portrait Prize, Finalist
2018 MACK First Book Award, Nomination

2017 Stanley Fellman Award, University of Hartford, Winner
2015 Australian Photobook of the Year, Finalist
2014 Golden Peacock nomination for excellent photography works, Xishuangbanna Foto Festival, Winner 
2010 Irwin & McLaren landscape award, RMIT University, Finalist

Public Collections
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Victorian Department of Education

2019-2020 Metro Tunnel Creative Program Artist in Residence, Melbourne, Australia
2019 Police Point Artist in Residence Program, Mornington Peninsula, Australia

Lectures, Teaching, Readings
2021, Anatomy of a Portrait, Penumbra Foundation, New York City
2021, Visiting Artist Lecture, Photography Studies College, Melbourne
2021, In-converstation with Ziga Testen & Dan Rule, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2020, Nearest Truth Podcast w Brad Feuerhelm, Online
2020, Spring Semester Visiting Critic, Penumbra Foundation, New York City
2020, Ongoing Mentor, Image Threads, New York City
2020, Visiting Artist Lecture, Photography Studies College, Melbourne 
2020, Fall MA Mentor, Photography Studies College, Melbourne
2020, Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Technology, Sydney
2019, Too Much to Dream Bricolage Poetry Reading, ReadingRoom, Melbourne
2016, Start Something New w Apple, Flagship Apple Store, Sydney

Competition Judging
2020, Photo 2021 x Perimeter International Photobook Prize
2019, Perimeter Small Book Prize
2018, Perimeter Small Book Prize
2016, Australia & New Zealand Photobook Award

Selected Bibliography
2020, Boetker-Smith, Daniel, Emma Phillips, British Journal of Photography, Print
2019, Cattach, Ella, Emma Phillips: Too Much to Dream, Memo Review, Online

2021, Send me a lullaby, PHOTO 2021 x Perimeter Editions, Melbourne, Australia
2016, A light on the wall, Perimeter Editions, Melbourne, Australia
2013, Salt, self-published, Melbourne, Australia