Lottie Davies

22/o3/1971

Lottie Davies was born in Guildford, UK, in 1971.  She had a conventional childhood in Surrey with her parents and two brothers, and was educated in Alton and Godalming.  After a degree in philosophy at St Andrews University in Scotland, she moved back to England to learn the photographic trade as an assistant in London, where she has since been based.

Davies’ unique style has been employed in a variety of contexts, including newspapers, glossy magazines, books and advertising.  She has won recognition in numerous awards, including the Association of Photographers’ Awards, the International Color Awards, and the Schweppes Photographic Portrait Awards.  Her work garnered international acclaim with the image Quints, which won First Prize at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Awards 2008 at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

As a photojournalist, she focuses on lesser-known communities and on ethno-political issues, putting forward a sharply critical view of contemporary Western complacency, with a desire to illuminate the lives of those often overlooked.

Her travel and editorial work is wide-ranging, from highly-produced set-pieces to more journalistic imagery, and this breadth of experience in varying approaches informs the fine art work for which Davies is rapidly becoming known.

Her fine art work is concerned with stories and personal histories, the tales and myths we use to structure our lives: memories, life-stories, beliefs.  She takes inspiration from classical and modern painting, cinema and theatre as well as the imaginary worlds of literature. She employs a deliberate reworking of our visual vocabulary, playing on our notions of nostalgia, visual conventions and subconscious ‘looking habits’, with the intention of evoking a sense of narrative and movement.  Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery in London, has described Davies’ work as “brilliantly imaginative”.

http://lottiedavies.com/

Work

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Lottie Davies
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Exhibitions and publications

2012
• Exposición Individual Recuerdos y Pesadillas, Galeria Cero, Madrid, España
• Exposición Individual Recuerdos y Pesadillas, La Chambre, Strasburgo, Francia

2011
• Exposición Individual Recuerdos y Pesadillas, Galerija Fotografija, Ljjubljana, Eslovenia

2010
• Paris Photo, Eric Franck Fine Art, Paris
• Fotosintesi, Piacenza, Italia, Abril
• AIPAD, Eric Franck Fine Art, Nueva York

2009
• Paris Photo, Eric Franck Fine Art, Paris
• AIPAD, Eric Franck Fine Art, Nueva York
• London Art Fair, Eric Franck Fine Art
• Foto 8 Summer Show

2007
• NUJ Photography Exhibition

2005
• Exposición individual The Bushmen of the Kalahari

2001
• Exposición colectiva Peabody People

Awards and scholarships

2012
• Winner of The Young Masters Art Prize

2011
• Winner, Photographic Art, Arte Laguna Prize, Venecia, Italia
• Renaissance Photography Prize, Londres

2009
• Prix de la Photographie, Paris: Primer Premio, Desnudos

2008
• Ganadora, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
• PDN Annual
• Association of Photographers Awards 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 (Mejor en su categoría)

2007
• International Color Awards 2006, 2007

2006
• Schweppes Photographic Portrait Award