Born in South Korea, Emli Bendixen is a Danish photographer based in Bristol and London.
Growing up in the Danish countryside amongst chickens, turkeys, ducks and a pet pig, Emli developed an early affinity for all things natural and muddy. She loves being outdoors (wrapped in as many layers as possible) – be it on land, in air (her father was a pilot) or at sea (with her recently acquired PADI open water diver certificate).
Aged 19, Emli moved to London, working in coffee shops, bookshops and music shops before heading to Glasgow for university. It was here, while studying Journalism, that she first discovered photography, taking pictures on an old Minolta xd7 and a digital point and shoot.
Back in London, she assisted a diverse range of photographers from studio based food, drinks and still life through interiors and lifestyle to portrait photographers, while saving up for a DSLR camera.
With features in Dazed and VICE, her first ‘proper’ commission came from Cheryl Newman at The Telegraph Magazine. It was Cheryl and Krishna who first suggested she focus more on food stories. A piece of advice that helped direct her career to the place it is now.
Photographing food and people especially, has led Emli to clients including The Observer Food Monthly, FT Weekend Magazine and The Telegraph Magazine, The New York Times, EE, Shredded Wheat as well as publications such as Hole & Corner, Another Escape, Port Magazine and The Plant.
Emli now finds herself in a place where her photographic work meets her personal interests in food, gardening, craft and people; and she’s keen to develop both personally and photographically with longer form projects such as books and film.