Sian Davey

Sian Davey is a photographer with a background in Fine Art and Social Policy. For the past 15 years, she has worked as a humanist psychotherapist. Her work is an investigation of the psychological landscapes of both herself and those around her. Her family and community are central to her practice.

Sian has recently completed her MA and MFA in photography. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Eugene Smith Fellowship Grant, the Arnold Newman Award for New Directions in Portraiture, Prix Virginia Woman’s Photography Award (3 consecutive years), and the National Gallery Taylor Wessing Portrait Award. Her book Looking for Alice was shortlisted for the Paris Photo–Aperture Best Book Award 2016, and the Kraszna–Krausz Foundation Book Award. Her second book, Martha, was published by Trolley Books in 2018.



05 Oct 2020 in Creative Response

Through a series of photographs, Davey uncovers her relationship with her daughter Alice who has Down syndrome. This unusual confession speaks to our social and personal fear of ‘difference’.


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