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ABBIE TRAYLER SMITH

(b. 1978)

 Samira 12 and her cousin, Luma, 12, live right next door to a burning oil well in Qayarrah, Iraq.  Over 15 oil wells in the town are on fire after being set alight by ISIS as they retreated over 2 months ago now (6th November). The billowing smoke fills the town and can be seen from over 40km away.  Her mother spends hours each day tryng to wash the oil off the walls, the kitchen, everywhere.  Residents in the town are becoming ill from the pollution.�
 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (CLICK TO VIEW) :

After Darkness (2018)


ABOUT :

Abbie Trayler-Smith is Welsh contemporary artist born in 1978. She currently lives and works in London.  

Trayler-Smith is a self-taught documentary and portrait photographer whose intimate reportage reveals a deep-rooted, emotional engagement to her subjects. Trayler-Smith’s multi award-winning photographs often capture the anguish, humility and extraordinary courage of her subjects. At the heart of each image lies the deeply human story, one fought out against a turbulent backdrop of social degradation or the aftermath of conflict. Trayler-Smith reveals an intense, personal connection to each and every subject, sensitively captured through her lens. Extensive travels as a documentary photographer have exposed Trayler-Smith to some of the world’s most troubled and turbulent places, where lives are turned upside down and ravaged by war and famine.

Closer to home, her award-winning collection of portraits ‘The Big O’ presents a study of the young people behind the troubling obesity statistics, revealing the damaging psychological effects of a society obsessed with ‘perfection’.

bbie Trayler-Smith spent eight years as a photographer with The Daily Telegraph, covering significant world events such as the Darfur Conflict, the Iraq War and the Asian tsunami, before pursuing a freelance career in 2007. Commissions include: Time, The Sunday Times, The Independent Review, Marie-Claire, Tatler, Monocle, Vice, Oxfam, Save The Children, IRC, UNICEF, Sony and BBC worldwide. Trayler-Smith joined Panos Pictures in 2008 and the following year she presented her first major solo exhibition, ‘Still Human Still Here’, at HOST Gallery in London. Trayler-Smith’s portrait of Chelsea from the childhood obesity project, ‘The Big O’, won 4th prize in The National Portrait Gallery’s 2010 Taylor Wessing Prize. In 2014, Trayler-Smith received the World Press Photo Award (Staged Portraits) for the image of Shannon from ‘The Big O’ and won the Ideastap Magnum Photographic Award. In 2017 Trayler-Smith was awarded the Peoples Prize in the Taylor Wessing Prize for her portrait ‘Fleeing Mosul’. Fleeing Mosul was also included in 'After Darkness’, her inaugural solo exhibition at Anima-Mundi. Abbie Trayler-Smith is represented by Anima-Mundi.