Yagazie Emezi

Yagazie Emezi is an artist and self-taught documentary photographer from Aba, Nigeria, focused on stories surrounding African women and their health, sexuality, education, and human rights. She began her journey in 2015 and has since worked with Al Jazeera, the New York Times, Vogue, Newsweek, Inc., Time, the Guardian, the Washington Post, National Geographic, Bloomberg Businessweek, the New York Times Magazine, and the Weather Channel.

After ten months in Monrovia, Liberia, documenting the impact of education for girls in at-risk communities, Emezi returned to her ongoing project “Relearning Bodies,” which explores how trauma survivors, outside the narrative of violence and abuse, adapt to their new bodies while marking the absence of an effusive culture around body positivity as a noteworthy cultural phenomenon.

Emezi is a recipient of the 2018 inaugural Creative Bursary Award from Getty Images. A participant in the 2018 New York Portfolio Review, she has also been featured in the British Journal of Photography, Huffington Post, Nieman Reports, Paper Magazine, Vogue, and the Washington Post. In November 2018, she received a grant from the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos for her photo series addressing the reality of sexual violence against women and the vulnerable young in Nigeria.