Abbie Trayler-Smith is a self-taught documentary and portrait photographer born in Wales and based in Devon, UK. Trayler-Smith studied law at King’s College London before working for eight years as a photographer for the Daily Telegraph, covering world events such as the Iraq War, the conflict in Darfur and the 2004 Asian tsunami. She began working independently in 2007 and has since focused on work that portrays the essence of her subjects’ private everyday issues. At the heart of each image lies an intense, personal connection to each and every subject, which reveals the anguish, humility and extraordinary courage of those behind her lens.
Trayler-Smith works for a wide variety of clients including the Guardian, Huck, Monocle, Vice, Oxfam, Save the Children, UNICEF, Sony and BBC Worldwide. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally and her awards include second (2017) and fourth (2010) prize in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London and a World Press Photo Award 2009. Kiss It!, a book about Shannon from the Big O project, will be published in late 2020 by GOST Books. Trayler-Smith is represented editorially by Panos Pictures and commercially by Wyatt-Clarke & Jones.
The platform is an initiative of creative director Claudine Boeglin Dandy Vagabonds
with developer Jérôme Guckenheim, designer Gianluca Alla (allagianluca.com
) and producer Marina Vitaglione / Panos Pictures.
This project was entirely self-produced as a multidisciplinary collaboration during Covid-19 lockdown.