Laia Abril (1986) is a documentary photographer raised in Barcelona. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and studied photography through different workshops and master classes, including at the ICP in New York City.
She has published in different magazines such as D Repubblica, Ojo de Pez, Le Monde Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, FT Magazine, PDN, Burn Magazine, GUP, ESQUIRE Russia or COLORS Magazine where she is a member of the editorial team since she enrolled at FABRICA - the Artists Residency of the Benetton Research Centre in Italy - in 2009.
In 2009 and 2010 she was a finalist of the Ian Parry Scholarship, participating in the exhibition at the Getty Images Gallery in London both years, first with her project on the young lesbian community in Brooklyn, and then with the project ‘The Last Cabaret’ about a porno sex club in Barcelona. Her most recent project THINSPIRATION, has being finalist of the Burn Emerging Photography Fund in 2012.
Her work has been exhibited and appraised mostly in Italy, Spain, London and New York. In 2010 she joined the agency Reportage by Getty as an emerging talent and participated as an emergent photographer at Plat(t)form PhotoMuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. Her last multimedia ‘A Bad Day’ has been shown at the NY Photo Festival 2011, 3rd Lumix PhotoFestival in Hanover, 2012 Sarajevo Winter Festival among many others. Her latest project THINSPIRATION has being recognized as finalist at Burn Magazine EPF 2012 and as Juror's choice for CENTER Award in 2013.
Currently she just released her new book project The Epilogue published by Dewi Lewis Publishing. This third chapter documents the story of the Robinson family – and the aftermath of losing their 26 year-old daughter to bulimia; the indirect victims of eating disorders, the unwilling eyewitnesses of a very painful degeneration.
Currently she is represented by INSTITUTE and based in New York.
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