|Born||August 17, 1959|
|Children||Kanaan and Asmani|
Career and life
Emy Kat was born in 1959, from a Middle Eastern descent.
He is contemporary photographer whose large body of work has been built over several decades. Developing a love for the medium at an early age, he started photography when his father gave him his first camera at age 12. His father was a dedicated and talented amateur in photography and was the first person to influence and encourage him. He went on to refine his craft in USA and received a graduate degree in 1997 from the Brooks Institute of photography in Santa Barbara, California, (USA) with exceptional academic achievements and honors along with awards in Advertising and Creative Excellence.
Kat's work is full of contrasts and extremes. It's either subtle and subdued or loud and ecstatic. His passion lies in capturing and recording motion in an image. "Capturing motion in my work reflects life itself"
His portraiture and fine art work include notable and intriguing people such as:The entrepreneur, founder of the Hard Rock Cafe in London and the House of Blues in Los Angeles Isaac Tigrett; model/actress/philanthropist Shannon Elizabeth; and model/philanthropist Petra Němcová.
His work (Nude studies on Platinum - Etudes Nu femme), describing the superiority of the woman in her creation, is a permanent collection and is archived by the BNF Bibliothèque nationale de France (2000). The collection is under Reference number Ep-4001-Boîte pet. fol.(Collection Publiques).
Film vs digital
Although he majored in digital imaging in 1997, Emy Kat chose to work and mostly use photographic film. This is due to limitations of digital photography. In 2008, he started using a high end digital camera back system by LEAF for commercial assignments. For most of his fine art work, Kat continues to use photographic film with large format view camera and medium format (film) camera.
- Nude studies of women on platinum (Etudes Nus femme) Archived and collected by the BNF Bibliothèque nationale de France (2000). Reference number Ep-4001-Boîte pet. fol.(Collection Publiques)
- La Pass Murraille - series of 5 images - edition 3 - (1999)
- Souls on the streets (Ames Dans les Rues) - (2009)
Kat's photographs have been included in several books published by Graphis Inc..
- (2007) "Photography Annual" ISBN 1-932026-39-8
- (2006) "Photography Annual" ISBN 1-931241-46-5
- (2000) "Nude 3" ISBN 1-888001-66-6
- (1998) "Photography Annual" ISBN 1-888001-46-1
- (1997) Annual Design ISBN 1-888001-24-0
Featured in a special issue April 2010 of The Photo Paper by Black & White spider Awards as one of the world's leading photographers, judged by the most respected names in photography