Documenting effect of ISIS
Abbie Trayler-Smith’s After Darkness, is an extraordinary exhibition of photography capturing the devastating effects of Isis on the landscape and people of the region. Trayler-Smith’s multi award-winning photographs 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.
Abbie Trayler-Smith is a documentary and portrait photographer. She grew up in South Wales before moving to London where she studied law at Kings College. Trayler-Smith began working regularly as a photographer for the Daily Telegraph in 1998; here she spent eight years covering news and features worldwide, including the war in Iraq, the Darfur crisis and the Asian tsunami. In 2007, she joined Panos Pictures.
Trayler-Smith reveals an intense, personal connection to each and every subject, sensitively captured through her lens.
Her work has been widely published and exhibited internationally as well as receiving many awards. Her first major work, “Still Human Still Here,” was exhibited at HOST Gallery in London in 2009, along with an award-winning accompanying multimedia short film. In 2013 she became a member of A Fine Beginning, the Welsh photography collective. Based in the UK, she is currently working on a long-term personal project called “The Big O” on childhood obesity. It was from this work that her portrait of Chelsea won 4th prize in The National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Prize, London.
The exhibition is hosted by ANIMA-MUNDI, Street-an-Pol, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2DS, UK.
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