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Being a Curator

BY EMMA LEWIS

Emma Lewis on curating photography exhibitions for Tate

As Assistant Curator, International Art, Emma Lewis is part of a team that develops and curates Tate’s permanent collection, and works on major exhibitions such as Wolfgang Tillmans (2017). Here she tells us how Tate plans new shows and why her job is more hands-on than you think…

I’m interested in narrative, in storytelling, and photography’s relationship to social history, as well as the craftsmanship involved in capturing an image and making a print. I was a student of English Literature before I got into History of Art and Modern and Contemporary Art.