Polly Braden


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Polly Braden has become renowned for her photography exploring the relationship between daily life, work and leisure. Searching for small and telling gestures her images are acutely observed portraits within a broader assessment of contemporary culture.

She works on long-term, self-initiated projects and has photographed in the Middle East, Morocco, Kenya and China. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Saturday Telegraph magazine, The Independent on Sunday, Ei8ht magazine, Portfolio, ICON, Photoworks, Frieze, The Sydney Morning Herald and D Magazine (Italy).

She lived in China and photographed the country for over a decade. Her book China Between (Dewi Lewis, 2010) is a groundbreaking study of the everyday life of China’s new urban middle classes.

Braden is a winner of the Jerwood Photography Prize (2003) and The Guardian Newspaper Young Photographer of the Year (2002). She has exhibited at venues internationally including the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London) and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (USA), The Museum of London, Quad (Derby), Street Level (Glasgow), Photofusion (London), Minnie Weisz Studio (London) and Kracow Photomonth (Poland).

She is currently photographing life and work within the square mile of the City of London.