The move of photoemission analysis from the macroscopic to the microscopic domain has been accelerated by the advent of new ultrabright synchrotron sources of soft-X-rays. This makes an overview of photoemission spectromicroscopy, photoemission at high lateral resolution, quite timely. The overview begins with the basic concepts and problems, both technical and of data-taking strategy. Then, it presents a small number of examples of results in physics and biology, such as local chemical fluctuations in superconductors, semiconductor interfaces and the microchemistry of biological systems. The presentation includes the first experimental results from two new ultrabright synchrotron facilities: ELETTRA (in Italy) and SRRC (in Taiwan).