Throughout this process, we repeatedly encountered one obvious but difficult question: What makes a photographer "emerging"? We weren't satisfied to answer with the usual set of strictures about age or years on the job or number of books published. Instead, we wanted to make the classification more active, speaking to where a photographer was headed rather than what was already on his or her résumé. "Emerge," after all, is a verb, meaning "to come forth into view or knowledge." Accordingly, we looked for talented photographers who are poised to reshape the industry landscape. By highlighting them in the following portfolio, we hope to help them take the next step.