Emily Harger


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Hey, I'm Emily.

I love asking questions. And waking up at 3am for a good sunrise shot. 

I am a firm believer that empathy and vulnerability are the building blocks of a powerful story. As a documentary photographer and filmmaker, I serve my community by sharing stories that explore themes of home, identity, and transition. I aim to blend my two passions — storytelling and community engagement — in the work I create.

The San Francisco Bay Area is my current home — you can find me making a nest at a pink house in Berkeley, CA.

Currently, I am in development for my first feature-length documentary exploring LGBTQ life in Central Appalachia. This past year, I was one of three filmmaking residents breaking ground for the inaugural Glassbreaker Films initiative, a female-run film studio run out of The Center for Investigative Reporting. 

When I'm not behind the camera or obsessively diving into a Premiere project file, you can find me hiking a mountain or cooking for friends and family.

My work has been published through The Center for Investigative Reporting, 100 Days in Appalachia, The Bitter Southerner, The Atlantic, Kertis Creative, Bloomberg, Narratively, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, WOUB Public Media, the Observer-Reporter, The Athens Messenger, Soul of Athens, and Ohio University's The Post.

Let's be friends.