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PHOTO–EMPHASIS is a platform for showcasing current and diverse photography made by established and emerging artists. Through weekly features and interviews, we aim to highlight work by photography educators, students, and practitioners; providing an opportunity to feature personal projects and share information about their affiliated institution.

Our mission is to cultivate a resource that aids in promoting photographic art, education, and community, for those committed to and newly joining the medium. 

PHOTO–EMPHASIS was founded by artists Alec Kaus and Rana Young, both University of Nebraska–Lincoln alumni, in June 2017.


➳ Every Tuesday during the school year, we feature the work of a photography student or educator, and invite them to share information about their school.

➳ Every Friday, we feature the work of an artist, usually not a student or educator, whose project deserves some love and attention.

We're always looking for new, exciting, and diverse work to share on the site. Anyone with a well-developed project is encouraged to submit. Click the button below for more information, and to fill out our new online submission form!


ALEC KAUS | @aleckaus

Alec Kaus is an artist based in Athens, Georgia. He is an MFA candidate in Photography at the University of Georgia where he is a Whitehead Graduate Art Fellow, and holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He was recently awarded the 2018 Society for Photographic Education Student Award for Innovations in Imaging. 

RANA YOUNG | @rana.young

Rana Young is an artist and educator based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Rana holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where she was an Othmer Fellow and a BFA in Studio Art from Portland State University. Recently, she was selected as a winner of Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward 2018 and LensCulture's 2017 Emerging Talent Awards.