The Workshops Board is pleased to welcome photographer Emma Simmons as its newest director.
Emma brings her experience on the board of the Otter Island Foundation, as well as her talent for photography and passion for the school, to her new role at MMW.
photo by Richard CurtisA graduate of Colorado College with a degree in Hispanic Studies, Emma traveled to Tanzania to volunteer at a day care and an orphanage. During her three months working as a volunteer, Emma recalls, “I realized the amazing access I had with the villagers I was living with and captured their lives with my camera. I was granted access into someone’s life that a regular tourist would not experience.”
Upon returning from Tanzania, she decided to expand her love of photography with serious study. She enrolled as a student in the Summer Residency program at the Workshops, immersing herself in a 12-week intensive course of photo classes. With her mentor, Elizabeth Greenberg, she charted a program of workshops, which included work with master faculty Alison Shaw, Bob Krist, Bob Sacha, Jay Dickman, John Isaac, and Joyce Tenneson.
Working in the industry, Emma has assisted many photographers in their studios or on location. In 2008 she assisted John Isaac during his destination workshops in Kashmir and Rajasthan, India; a journey which resulted in the exhibition “Celebrating India” at the Workshops Gallery in August 2009, in which Emma was a featured artist.
"Emma's youthful perspective, combined with a keen understanding of how non-profit organizations operate positions her to be a particularly refreshing addition to the 'family,'" says board Secretary Peter Ralston, "Its a deep pleasure to welcome her aboard!"
Emma is currently a contributing photographer for the Orbtiz travel website. You can view her featured blog Through the eyes of Emma to see images from her most recent travels.