Emma Peterwas is a Chicago-based photographer. She is currently enrolled at Bradley University where, in 2021, she will receive her Bachelor of Arts in photography with a minor in art history. In her project, Ritual, Peterwas focuses on young women and their use of makeup. By documenting the mutual ritual of make-up removal with disposable clothes, she captures intimate moments where these women shed their make-up masks to reveal their true selves. Peterwas current project, Red Store Street, focuses on nostalgia and the loss of childhood through the documentation of small towns. In addition to her work as a fine art photographer, Peterwas also works as a freelance photographer specializing in portraiture.