BIOGRAPHY Tessa Traeger is one of the outstanding still-life photographers of her generation and is widely acknowledged as having raised the subject of photographic, food still-life to the status of art. Trained at Guildford School of Photography and Fine Art, Tessa Traeger has worked at Rossetti Studios in Chelsea, London since the 1960s. As an artist, she is especially known for her still-life photographs taken on large format cameras many of which were published during her long association with British Vogue. Inspired by some of her illustrious predecessors, Tessa Traeger has sought to balance the demands and developments of both commissioned and experimental work. Tessa has exhibited regularly since 1978 in Paris, London and New York as well as participating in many group shows. Her work is represented in the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliotheque National in Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Citibank collection in London. In 2003 Tessa worked on a commission from the National Portrait Gallery to photograph the leading British horticulturists of the day and their inspirational gardens, which resulted in 50 portraits being acceded to the National Collection, an acclaimed exhibition at the N.P.G. and a book, A Gardener's Labyrinth, written by Patrick Kinmonth and published by Edward Booth-Clibborn Editions in English, German and Dutch. Over the last fifteen years she has been working in the mountainous Ardeche region of Southern France to record and celebrate the life of the people who live there and the food they produce. This project culminated in an artist's book of the work, entitled 'Voices of the Vivarais' which supported her solo exhibition at the Purdy Hicks Gallery in June 2010. The book was winner of the Photographic Book Prize in the British Book Design and Production Awards 2010, and is available from the studio. It was selected as Book of the Year by the eminent philosopher, Professor Anthony Grayling. "For me the art book pick of 2010 is the large format collection of Tessa Traeger's loving, funny, mischievous, penetrating, beautiful and scrupulously composed observations of contemporary peasant life in France's Vivarais, that hidden upland region where the wheels of time turn very slowly, and the 19th century still exists. In her monochrome images the creases and wrinkles of weathered faces and hands, the textures of bread loaves and baskets, the etched surfaces of onions, the rain-beaten, sun-shrivelled wood of barns, the unfussiness and pragmatism of life lived close to mud, dust, goat hides and chicken feathers, are all minutely scrutinised. But the moments captured by her lens are not informal; to the contrary, they are staged with the care of a performance at La Scala. Symmetries & textures work joint magic on Traeger, and she sculpts both with light, in infinitely patient arrangements of great power." A.C.Grayling Fellow, Birkbeck College, University of London PUBLICATIONS 2010 Voices of the Vivarais Text and photographs by Tessa Traeger with an introduction by Mark Haworth-Booth. Self published Artist’s book. A limited edition of 250 @ £ 175.00 + £10 postage is available from Tessa Traeger’s studio (firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0) 20 7352 2641) or from Purdy Hicks Gallery. 2009 A Garden in Sussex with Stewart Grimshaw 2003 A Gardener's Labyrinth; people, plants and places with Patrick Kinmonth. pub. Edward Booth-Clibborn Editions (to accompany exhibition at NPG) 2003 I Am Almost Always Hungry with Lora Zarubin pub. Stewart Tabori Chang 1999 Ronald Traeger: New Angles by Martin Harrison and Tessa Traeger pub.Schirmer Mosel (to accompany exhibition at V&A exhibition) 1991 A Visual Feast with Arabella Boxer pub. Century (a compilation of work for British Vogue Magazine from 1975-1991) 1978 Summer Winter Cookbook with Arabella Boxer pub. Mitchell Beazley AWARDS 2010 British Book Design and Production Awards - winner in the Photographic Books, Art/Architecture Monographs category for 'Voices of the Vivarais' Text and photographs by Tessa Traeger with an introduction by Mark Haworth-Booth. Artist's Book (2010) 2004 IACP Awards - International Association of Culinary Professionals, USA The Julia Child Award for 'I Am Almost Always Hungry' with Lora Zarubin, pub. Stewart Tabori Chang (2003) 2004 Printing World Awards Winner of the best Repro Award to Repro Graphics for 'A Gardener's Labyrinth; people, plants and places' with Patrick Kinmonth, pub. Edward Booth-Clibborn Editions (2003) 2003 Gourmand World Cookbook awards 'Best cookbook photography in the world' award for 'I Am Almost Always Hungry' with Lora Zarubin, pub. Stewart Tabori Chang (2003) 2000 D&AD Silver Award - Poster for Tate Britain 1998 Association of Photographers Silver Award - Still Life 1997 Association of Photographers Silver Award - Black & White Series 1994 Lion D'Or, Cannes Advertising Festival, Gold Award 1992 Andre Simon Award for 'A Visual Feast' with Arabella Boxer, pub. Century (1991) 1982 D&AD Gold Award 1978 D&AD Silver Award for Vogue Food Diary SELECTED SOLO SHOWS 2011 Port Eliot Festival - A Gardener's Labyrinth 2011 City Arts Centre Oklahoma - Voices of the Vivarais 2010 Ardeche Festival of the Arts France - Voices of the Vivarais 2010 Purdy Hicks Gallery London - Voices of the Vivarais (to accompany an artists' book "Voices of the Vivarais") 2008 South Tees Hospital, Middlesbrough UK 2007 Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle UK 2006 Hove Museum, Hove UK 2005 Cartwright Hall, Bradford UK 2004 Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough UK 2003 National Portrait Gallery London - A Gardener's Labyrinth (to accompany a book published by Booth-Clibborn Editions). 2003 Ardeche Festival of the Arts France. Also annually 1994 - 1998 2001 Foto Festival Naarden Holland 2000 Association of Photographers Gallery London - Work in Progress 1999 James Danziger Gallery New York (with Susan Derges) - Storm Forced Trees 1998 Witkin Gallery New York - Ardeche 1998 Michael Hoppen Gallery London - New Work 1993 Gallerie M20 Hamburg 1988 Sheffield Fine Art Gallery 1983 John Hansard Gallery Southampton 1980 Neal Street Gallery London 1979 Gallery Ratie Paris 1978 The Photographer's Gallery London 1978 Roundhouse Gallery London SELECTED GROUP SHOWS 2012 Beaux Arts de Paris - L'Arbre et le Photographe 2008 Purdy Hicks Gallery London - Summer Exhibition 2008 Photovoice - Photovoice Show 2007 Mall Galleries London - Discerning Eye 2005 Credit Suisse Zurich - Paradiese auf Erden 2005 Trace Gallery Weymouth - Wild Track 2002 Victoria & Albert Museum London - Seeing Things 1994 The Saatchi Gallery London - A Positive View 1989 The Photographer's Gallery London - Machine Dreams SELECTED COLLECTIONS Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris Buhl Collection, New York The Citibank Private Bank Collection, London Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York National Museum of Film and Photography, Bradford National Portrait Gallery, London New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge Royal Horticultural Society, London St Mary’s Hospital, London St Thomas' Hospital, London Tate Gallery, London Victoria and Albert Museum, London SOUND ARCHIVE Contributed to 'An Oral History of British Photography' for National Sound Archive, (1996) available to the public at the British Library, London (Ref: C459/80/1-5).