About Herman LeRoy Emmet
Herman LeRoy Emmet has spent 40+ years as an award-winning photojournalist participating in many solo and group exhibitions, including Valencia College in Orlando, the International Center of Photography and the Museum of Modern Art; lecturing and teaching photography, while also contributing to numerous publications such as Esquire, GEO, Life and the New York Times. He attended The Fay School in '57, St Mark's School in '62, graduated from Georgetown University in '66. He then served in Army Intelligence in Vietnam and later in Ethiopia. Upon his return, he received his Masters of Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in '76.
In 1987, Emmet won the coveted Canon Photo Essayist Award in the NPPA (National Press Photographers Association) sponsored Pictures of the Year Awards for his published book, Fruit Tramps: A Family of Migrant Workers. He was also nominated for a Pulitzer. Herman LeRoy Emmet's award-winning photographs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and are represented in the MOMA's permanent collection.
In the last few years, Emmet has turned his acclaimed and inspirational talent to painting intense and colorful scenes. He attributes his recent interest in color because of chemical changes in his brain, causing Parkinson's disease, due to his exposure to Agent Orange. During the Vietnam war, the US government spayed the Agent Orange chemicals over Vietnam to defoliate the jungle.
He is currently writing a novel Carla, set in Eritrea, East Africa and completing a compelling photo-essay entitled Katiosha, documenting the extreme facial reconstruction surgery of a Russian child born with deformities. He speaks four languages and plays classical guitar.
Herman LeRoy Emmet lives in Lake Nona, Florida with his wife Elaine. He has two children Lilly and Spencer.
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Herman reviewing prints with his wife Elaine, 2018