Emily Teague

"This lens exposes injustice."

A light in the dark.

As a fashion photographer in Brooklyn, Emily Teague often tells her own stories, crafted fastidiously, controlling light and location to create the perfect frame. But as she steps out of that role to document the people and victims of human trafficking, she’s speaking for those whose stories are often swept under the rug. 

With nearly 25 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, Emily shines a light in dark places, illuminating a global crisis. Through photography, she changes the way people see themselves and others.  

I want people to wonder what their life is like, what they've been through, their dreams, their fears. What makes them laugh? What makes them cry? I want the viewer to really be able to put themselves in the shoes of whoever's in that photo. I want them to feel empathy.”

“My hope is that someone's going to see these photos and it's going to force them to care, which is forcing them to have empathy and look at someone else and be like, Oh my God, how do I look away from this?

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