Emilia Moisio (born in Helsinki, Finland 1983) is a doctoral researcher, lecturer and freelance photographer based in London and South Staffordshire.


academic research

Emilia is currently a PhD researcher in Media, Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her PhD research explores methodologies for extending and diversifying what counts as valid forms of academic discourse and production of scholarship by thinking theory with and via images and multimodal argumentation. Thematically, her research explores machine imaging in the context of the tradition and rapidly changing roles of lens-based imagery through examining scientific imaging and emergent technologies. Her thesis focuses on the generative potential of increasingly intelligent technologies and their role as agents in challenging the traditional conception of the image. She is also intrigued by the apparent mobilising of the positivist and representationalist discourses that connect photography, archive, science and evidence in the context of the current data-driven knowledge construction approaches and the developing algorithmic imaging technologies.


art photography 

Her research-based art practice is investigating and questioning the role and functions of images in society and our lives. With a series of diverse, conceptually based photographic projects, she uses images as a tool to examine, analyse, develop, and articulate structured frameworks of thought. Her work critically investigates the social and cultural conventions of different areas of imaging and interpretation, and the persistent role of the relatively inconspicuous, historical assumptions of the inherent photographic objectivity, evidentiality, and truthfulness. Particularly concerned with conceptually disrupting the easily assumed photographic transparency in our habitual interactions with images, her most widely exhibited work explores othering representations of identity and the cultural contextuality of interpretation, whereas a recent major work is investigating the conventions of scientific imaging and their impact on our perceptions of reality.


commercial photography

Primarily busy as a wedding photographer, she also has years of experience working with a wide scope of editorial, commercial, and corporate assignments, with work both published in newspapers, magazines, brochures, books, and on corporate websites. Her editorial and commercial photographs aim to disclose, preserve and turn into memories the minute instances otherwise so easily fleeting past.


She is the winner of the Troika Photography Award in 2015 and her art projects have been exhibited widely in photography and cross-media group exhibitions in UK and internationally, Pingyao International Photography Festival in China and Circulation(s) festival in Paris in 2016, shortlisted for Source-Cord Prize 2014, published in Magenta Flash Forward 2015 and Silvershotz Folio 2012, and featured on LensCulture online gallery and Photoworks Showcase.




2016 – MPhil / PhD Media & Communications
Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
2014 – 2015MA Photography
London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, UK
2009 – 2012BA (Hons) Photography
University College Falmouth, UK
2006 – 2009 viestintä- ja informaatiotieteiden perustutkinto, valokuvaus
(vocational degree in communication and information sciences, photography)
Pekka Halosen akatemia, Tuusula, Finland


Bath Photography Festival 2018
May - June 2018 Bath, UK
Winter Salon
Dec 2017 - Jan 2018 Leyden Gallery, London, UK
Pingyao International Photography Festival
Sept 2016 Pingyao, China
Circulation(s) festival de la jeune photographie européenne
Mar - Aug 2016 CENTQUATRE, Paris, France
Mar - June 2016 Gare de l'Est, Paris, France
Mar - June 2016 billboards at 12 metro stations, Paris, France
May 2016 Circulations Festival 2016 Slideshow at Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast, UK
July 2016 Circulations Festival 2016 Slideshow at Rencontres d’Arles Night of the Year, Arles, France
15th October - 26th November 2016 Pierrefitte, France
Photofusion SALON/15
Dec 2015 - Jan 2016 Photofusion, London, UK
The Present Hurts - London College of Communication MA Photography Final Show
Nov 2015 London College of Communication, London, UK
Photofusion SELECT/15
May - June 2015 Photofusion, London, UK
Works on Paper
May 2015 Leyden Gallery, London, UK
Photofusion SALON/14
Dec 2014 - Jan 2015 Photofusion, London, UK
Platform for Emerging Arts #4
Nov 2014 Leyden Gallery, London, UK
Vulpes Vulpes Open 2014
Nov 2014 Vulpes Vulpes project space, London, UK
Uncertain States Open Call 2014
Oct - Nov 2014 Four Corners Gallery, London, UK
The South West Graduate Photography Prize 2012 (shortlisted)
Apr - July 2013 Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol, UK
Sample 13
Apr 2013 theprintspace gallery, London, UK
The South West Graduate Photography Prize 2012 (shortlisted)
Oct 2012 Vyner Street Gallery, London, UK
Aug - Sept 2012 The Center for Fine Art Photography, CO, USA
Foto8 Summershow
July - Aug 2012 Foto8, London, UK
Free Range
June 2012 The Truman Brewery, London, UK
le Show - University College Falmouth Summer Festival
June 2012 University College Falmouth, Falmouth, UK
BA (Hons) Photography 2nd year show
Mar 2011 The Poly, Falmouth, UK
Heijastuksia (solo exhibition)
June - July 2009 Lainamakasiini, Perniö, Finland
Valo ja Kuva (Pekka Halosen akatemia photography and fine art student final year show)
Apr - May 2009 Valssaamo (Kaapelitehdas) Helsinki, Finland
Pieni (Pekka Halosen akatemia 2nd year student show)
Mar 2008 Järvenpää-talo, Järvenpää, Finland

Awards & Acknowledgements

Troika Photography Award 2015
The Source-Cord Prize 2014
The project 'Vieraalla maalla (In a Foreign Place)' shortlisted
2014 Moscow International Foto Awards
Honorable Mention in Culture category for the winning entry 'Vieraalla maalla (In a Foreign Place)'
Silvershotz 2012 Folio Annual
The project 'Missing Moments' included in the Silvershotz 2012 Folio Annual publication
South West Graduate Photography Prize 2012
The project 'Missing Moments' shortlisted
2012 International Photography Awards
Honorable Mention in Fine Art - Portrait category for the winning entry 'Vieraalla maalla (In a Foreign Place)'
2012 International Fine Art Photography Competition
Juror Award of Merit in People / Portraits category for the photograph 'Louhi'


Magenta Flash Forward 2015
Emerging Photographers from Canada, the United Kingdom & the United States
Available at the Magenta website

A photographic diary
available through Blurb

"Kerro joku juttu!"
Photographically illustrated book of childhood stories by a father and a daughter
available through Blurb

Get On
a photographic guide to the weird and wonderful things transported by scooter
(random obstructions allowing)
volume 1 - Vietnam
available through Blurb

Online features

selected projects featured in LensCulture.

‘the grey indicates the presence’ featured on Photoworks Showcase.


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