Instagram: @photo.emphasis


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, 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.  

If you would like to be considered for a feature, please email us with "submission" in the subject line – we'd love to hear from you!

➳ In the body of your email please include:

  • Name
  • Category: Student/Educator or Spotlight
  • Affiliated institution/photo program*
  • Link to your website

*You do not need to be enrolled or affiliated with an educational institution to be considered for a Spotlight Friday feature! Anyone with a well-developed project is encouraged to submit.


Website: | Instagram: @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. 


Website: | Instagram: @rana.young

Rana Young is an artist and educator based in Lincoln, NE. Rana holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and a BFA in Studio Art from Portland State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, as well as published online by Hyperallergic, British Journal of Photography, and Aint-Bad Magazine. Recently, Rana was selected as a winner of LensCulture's 2017 Emerging Talent Awards.