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Tessa Traeger

Born 1938

Traeger studied at the Guildford School of Photography and Fine Art and initially became renowned for her still life photography as well as for commissions relating to food and fashion; she worked for Vogue magazine for sixteen years and was employed by many major advertising agencies and other clients in London and elsewhere in Europe.

In 1990 she began a long documentary project in a remote area in South-West France, recording the lives and traditional methods of the local hill farmers and their food. She published this work in ‘The Voices of the Vivarais’ in 2010. In 2003 she was commissioned by the National Portrait gallery to photograph the leading British horticulturists and their gardens for an exhibition and the publication ‘A Gardener’s Labyrinth’. In 2011 she was appointed artist in residence to produce a photographic response to the music collection held at Boughton House in Northamptonshire; this resulted in her study ‘The Calligraphy of Dance’ 2014.

Exhibitions of her work have been mounted in London, Hamburg and New York and she has been represented in numerous group shows elsewhere. Public collections which feature her work include The National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and the Citibank collection in London, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris and The Metropolitan Museum in New York.


Chemistry of Light No.21 Indian Famine in Marwari glass negative c.1900