Métier, Small Businesses in London, is a book by Laura Braun 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 book offers an unusual and interesting perspective on the city and an insight into the working lives of people who strongly identify with their occupation. Over six years, Laura Braun slowly added to this collection of portraits and interior photographs of very individual London businesses. Her 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.
Laura is a German-born freelance photographer based in London. She studied art, design, photography and sociology at Central St. Martin’s and Goldsmiths college and has since worked for editorial and commercial clients as well as exhibited her personal work in the UK and Internationally.
Paper Tigers Books is an independent publisher of limited edition artists’ books and multiples founded by photographer Laura Braun in London in 2011 in order to publish her own work as well as that of collaborators and friends.