ABBIE TRAYLER SMITH
After Darkness (2018)
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.