Polly Braden is 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 China, Canada, Italy, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Morocco, Kenya, and across the Middle East. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Saturday Telegraph, The Financial Times, The Independent on Sunday, 8 magazine, Hot Shoe, Portfolio, ICON, Photoworks, Frieze, The Sydney Morning Herald and D Magazine (Italy).
She lived in China and photographed the country for over decade. Her book China Between (Dewi Lewis, 2010) is a groundbreaking study of the everyday life of China’s new urban middle classes.
Her images have been published in Street Photography Now (Thames & Hudson, 2010), London Street Photography 1860-2010 (The Museum of London, 2011) and City of Collision: Jerusalem and the Principles of Conflict Urbanism (Birkhäuser, 2006)
Polly 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, Format Festival (Derby), Street Level (Glasgow), Photofusion (London), Minnie Weisz Studio (London), Kracow Photomonth (Poland) and Hua Gallery (London).
She is currently photographing life and work in the Square Mile of the City of London.