Gilmour, Emma


Emma Gilmour

Traditional photography/Graphic Design/Illustration

MA Creative Practice Media, BA Hons Media with Fine Art


Emma first began taking photos after buying an Agfa 110 film camera and an old Polaroid for £1.10 at a church table sale in her home county of Monaghan, Ireland. 18 years and 25-odd cameras later, photography is no longer just a hobby but is now also Emma’s profession and she still uses many of the cameras she collected to produce the prints she creates now.

Changing landscapes, both urban and natural are one of her main subjects and she likes to take photos that document life, the way our environment evolves and things that seem insignificant but may really not be. The photographer Eugene Atget’s approach to documenting the Paris of the Belle Epoque has been very influential, as have Francesca Woodman and Vivian Maier more recently.

Most of the cameras Emma uses have at one time or another been called redundant, outdated or unusable; they form a rag-tag group of rogues, the rejects of the photography world. In truth, they just have their own personalities and can be a bit obstinate, but there’s still life in them yet.

In addition to photography, Emma also does illustrations and graphic design, including album and book covers. She has also organised several successful events and exhibitions and spoken at conferences, and previously been a manager of Red Wire studios between 2012 and 2013.



Currently working on a photographic project exploring grief in relation to familial estrangement using box cameras and pinhole cameras.

Also compiling a photobook based on a camping trip to the Lake District during one of the coldest weekends of the year in 2013. Images were produced using 120mm, 35mm, digital and mobile phone cameras.

Planning a nationwide project documenting unusual lived experiences to commence in summer 2014.

More updates can be seen at



PickWick Magazine launch issue, Liverpool

November 2013

PhotoVoice Wild Photo Competition at King’s Place, London

May 2013

Liverpool Art Fair at Camp and Furnace, Liverpool

May 2013

Unexpected exhibition at Fallout Factory, Liverpool

29 October – 10 November 2012

The Owls Are Not What They Seem exhibition at Red Wire Studios, Liverpool

30 May – 2 June 2012

The Gender of Art and Photography open discussion at MelloMello Cafe, Liverpool

14 May 2012

Art Now #2 exhibition at The Bohemia Space, MelloMello Cafe, Liverpool

5 May – 16 June 2012

Textiles in Action at the Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley

1 August – 8 October 2011

Light Night open studios at Red Wire studios, Liverpool

13 May 2011

Frankenwhore at Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool

25 March 2011

Bluecoat Bed-In at the Bluecoat, Liverpool

24th November 2010

Biennial Co-Operative at The Old Rapids Paint Shop, Liverpool

September 2010 – November 2010

Photography Now and Then Presentation and Workshop at Mensa AGM, Chester

September 2010

Liverpool Open Studios at Red Wire Studios, Liverpool

June 2010

The Artefact and Our Text; Conference at the University of Manchester

30 October 2007

First Sight; MA Creative Practice Final Show at The Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool

1 – 5 October 2007


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