Laura Braun was born in 1981 in Stuttgart, Germany and received her BA Hons Art and Design from Central St. Martin’s College and her MA in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmith’s College in London where she continues to live and work. She has exhibited in group exhibitions in the UK, Germany and Spain and has worked on a number of commissions from The Photographers’ Gallery, London as well as editorial and commercial clients. In 2011 Laura started the imprint Paper Tigers Books in order to publish the work of collaborators and friends as well as her own work in beautifully made, affordable short run editions.
Métier, Small Businesses in London, is about small-scale independent and specialist businesses in the capital and the people who run them. In a time when the high streets of London are taking on a more and more corporate character, this work offers an unusual and interesting perspective on the city and an insight into the working lives of people who strongly identify with their occupation. Laura’s subjects are people whose lives have been shaped by their long-term involvement with their line of work and business. And the photographs of the spaces they work in provide fascinating details about their everyday working routines. The project was published as a book in Dec 2013 through Paper Tigers Books. Alongside photographs of 25 businesses and their owners the book includes a short text about each of them as well as an afterword by sociologist Dawn Lyon.
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