Carla Borel is a French/English photographer, born in Paris, raised in a Hampshire village and Las Vegas. She moved to London in 1997 to work in the city’s casinos as a croupier. Inspired and disillusioned by this nocturnal life, she cultivated a passion for photography and taught herself to use her analogue Pentax.
From 2000-2007, she worked as a bar tender at London’s foremost bohemian hangout, the French House in Soho, where she began her 'Stillsoho' series. Influenced by John Deakin, Ida Kar, and Brassai these intimate black and white portraits depict artists, writers, flanneurs and bon viveurs, a new generation of Sohoites in the Colony Rooms and other old haunts of Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud.
In 2007 Borel went to work Timothy Taylor Gallery with Emma Dexter, spearheading their communications strategy until summer 2014. Since then she has been concentrating full time on her photography as well as working part time for Beat Generation expert Barry Miles.
In early 2015, she began working on 'The animals were beautiful', a series of haunting and ethereal portraits of strangers travelling on the London Underground.
In 2016, Borel was shortlisted at the Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards; finalist at the San Francisco Street Photography Awards; finalist at the Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards; selected for the Summer show at the Royal Academy of Arts, London; and selected by Brian Griffin to show alongside his Himmelstrasse series at Royal Photographic Society's Magic Gallery, London.