Emilina Filippo (American, b. 1997) is an alternative/experimental photographer and stylist from the Tri-State area. Her work covers a wide variety of subjects ranging from street-life, high fashion, to self-portraiture. She has extensive experience with 35mm & 120mm film photography. She develops all of her own film photography. She has produced 1 book titled Tri-State Utopia, being entirely 35mm photos. She initially was a model for a multitude of streetwear brands, and local clothing brands at age 17. She began shooting photos at 18, travelling to NYC, to photograph Fashion Week events and celebrities. However, her main forte is film photography and self-portraiture. In her self-portraits, she transforms herself into different (typically) vintage/dystopian alter-egos, doing her own hair, makeup, clothing, and set design. Her most recent project, American Century, is a series of 10 self-portraits in timeline format, illustrating her representation of a female throughout a century (1920’s-2010’s). She was given a 'Creativity in Photography' award for American Century.
- Bachelors in Art with a concentration in Photography degree from Monmouth University
- Award for Creativity in Photography for American Century project.
- Interned at The Wall Street Journal in the Innovation unit
- Previously was a Staff photographer at Hazel Boutique
- Featured work in Billboard Magazine, Paper Magazine, Hunger Magazine, Galore Magazine, etc.
- Instructor of 'Creativity of Photography' class at AOY Arts Center in Yardley, PA
- Owns Lucky in Texas Co., eclectic vintage company with western inspiration.
- Shooting NYFW since 2017
How old are you?
Where are you from?
Born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania 40 minutes outside of Philadelphia. I go to college at Monmouth University 50 minutes outside of Manhattan.
How did you start shooting photos?
I started modeling for companies like Paul Mitchell and a bunch of local clothing brands when I was 17 in high school from them contacting me directly. Then in around 2015-2016 when I graduated high school I got a Nikon D3300 and starting shooting a bunch of friends, which then turned to shooting concerts, which turned into shooting New York City Fashion Week. Now I do photo and graphic design work for businesses in the Monmouth County area.