Caroline Irby is a British photographer based in London. Her focus is on social documentary and portraiture, and her work has been published and exhibited worldwide.
After graduating with a Masters in Philosophy and French from Edinburgh University, for several years Caroline worked mainly in developing countries: on editorial assignments, NGO commissions, and personal projects, motivated by a faith in photography’s capacity to connect the viewer to the subject; to link worlds that often appear disconnected.
Increasingly the subjects Caroline chooses are closer to home. Her particular areas of interest are immigration and children.
In 2010, Caroline’s first book, A Child from Everywhere, was published by Black Dog Publishing. For this project, she photographed and interviewed children from 185 different countries, all now living in the UK.
Her work has been shown at venues including the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, Royal Festival Hall, Somerset House, the Edinburgh G8 summit, The World Children’s Art Museum, Japan, and the National Parliament, Uganda.
Alongside editorial and commercial commissions, Caroline is currently working on a long term project about the life of one migrant worker in the UK, and is making a personal documentation of childhood, through photographing her own two small children and their evolving interaction with the world.