In her series, You Brought Your Own Light, award-winning photographer Allie Crewe reveals her portraits of trans people, including an image of Grace, a doctor, which won the BJP Portrait of Britain in 2019.
Brought together for a new book, the photographs continue Allie's journey as a political artist exploring social issues of the day using photography to give a voice to those often denied power; becoming a campaigner by giving visibility to other people's narratives.
"Stories of transformation fascinate me, especially when they are women's stories," says Allie. "I love to photograph teenagers, trans women, women surviving an illness or escaping violent marriages. It is not just the physical changes that draw me but how our inner, emotional lives change too. To take a person's image is, in part, a self-portrait. I am representing women, exploring their narratives and interweaving them with my own."
In her latest work, Allie has produced a series of portraits to help change the narrative of domestic violence in conjunction with Safe Lives. The NHS also commissioned Allie for Still I Rise, which celebrated Black History month, and Unseen Community, a project commissioned by Proud 2b Parents exploring the LGBTQI+ parenting narrative.
You Brought Your Own Light, published by Axis Projects Publishing and produced by Alan J Ward, can be purchased at allie-crewe.uk.