Emma Noelle Buhain is an artist and analog photographer who lives and works in New York City. She grew up in Manila and moved to Manhattan as a teenager. Emma is a student at Barnard College, where she is currently pursuing a BA in art history and the visual arts. She began her career at the age of 15 with a self-published monograph entitled Visions of Manila. Emma has photographed for Manila-based Scout Magazine and the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Her work has been published in online and print platforms such as Adolescent Content, Hoot Magazine, Mythos Magazine, and Ratrock Magazine. Emma’s current artistic practice consists of portraiture and documentary photography, as well as traditional black and white darkroom printing.
Emma Noelle’s photographic work is an exploration of the omnipresence of dualities. Her photographs are reflective of her experience of life and latent spirituality as she moves between the two worlds of Manila and New York. In Manila, Noelle takes intimate and personal photographs of her family, and she documents the religious mysticism that pervades the cities she grew up in. In New York, she turns her lens towards strangers and close friends, while simultaneously documenting the magical and surreal elements of life in the city. Through her art, she seeks to reconcile the parts of her identity that are informed and transformed by the contrasting beauty of Manila and Manhattan.