Yasmin Al-Ani Spence
Yasmin Al-Ani Spence was born in 1968, in Hamburg, to a German mother and an Iraqi father. In the mid-70s the family moved first to Iraq and then to Vienna, Austria. Both cultures left a deep impression on Yasmin that would later influence her work and understanding of space, art and architecture.
In 1989 she moved to London to study architecture at the Architectural Association. Whilst studying she started exploring the medium of photography, initially to demonstrate architectural intents, as well as to capture other spaces and influences.
After receiving her degree she worked for architectural firms in London including Grimshaw’s and Richard Rogers, and in 1999 she and her partner opened their own architectural practice.
In the last few years she has dedicated more time to photography, observing everyday buildings, shapes, objects and textures, using photography as a tool to manipulate and enhance them, developing them into strong graphic images.