Em White (b. 1990, Bremo Bluff, VA) is a visual artist and documentarian, specializing in historic photographic processes and large format work. Her portrait and fine art practice are intertwined, often using tintype, glass negatives and experimental film techniques. Working out of her mobile darkroom, she makes meticulously hand-crafted images of people and place. Rather than strictly documenting countenance or topography, her emphasis is on extending perception, producing experiential imagery that counters the static frame.
Drawing from her rural background, White explores personal as well as collective relationships to land, illuminating intimacy and connection. She invites the viewer to reexamine their own role in the natural world and where that will lead. Incorporating pictorialist and abstract sensibilities into her landscapes, portraits and chemical impressions, the finished pieces vary in form from unique tintypes to light installations, from glass positives to darkroom prints.
White’s work has been exhibited in various group shows and her debut solo exhibition High Water was held at Candela Gallery in 2021. She lives and works in Richmond, Virginia where she teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.