About

Martin Toft is a photographer, photo book artist and educator who work on commissions and long-term independent and collaborative projects. He was born in Aarhus, Denmark in 1970. Self-taught in photography he completed his MA (by Project) in Fine Art at University of Portsmouth in 2000. He moved to Jersey, Channel Islands in 2004 to take up his current post of Teacher of Photography at Hautlieu School. His practice combines documentary and fine art approach to explore social, anthropological and cultural themes, often immersing himself in communities for long periods of time. His work is underpinned by archival, historical and conceptual discourse using lens-based media across photography, video, sound and text.

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He has exhibited extensively in places such as the House of Commons, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Tom Blau Gallery (London) Watershed Gallery (Bristol), Museet for Fotokunst, (Odense), Worker’s Museum and Øksnehallen (Copenhagen.) In 2014-15 in collaboration with photo-archivist Gareth Syvret at Archisle: Jersey Contemporary Photography Programme and designer Kummer & Herrman they produced a multi-functional newspaper Atlantus which has been exhibited widely internationally in the UK, Europe and USA. In 2016 it was nominated for the Prix du Livre Author Book Award at Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles. In 2018 his on-going project, The Seaflower Venture was shortlisted for the Professional Discovery category and a selection of images were exhibited as part of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards at Somerset House in London. Recently his portrait, ‘High Net Worth Individual’ from his project, Masterplan – a visual record of finance was selected as a winner in Portrait of Britain 2018 exhibition in association with The British Journal of Photography and showing on JCDecaux screens nationwide throughout the month of September as part of the biggest exhibition of contemporary portraiture in the UK. His new photobook, Te Ahi Kã - The Fires of Occupation is edited by Rafal Milach and designed by Ania Nałęcka-Milach. The book was shortlisted for the Kassel Dummy Award 2018 and was published under the imprint of Dewi Lewis Publishing in November 2018 in partnership with Oratia Books in New Zealand.

Education
Autodidact photographer
1998-2000 MA (by Project) Art, Design & Media, University of Portsmouth
2002-2003 PGCE Art & Design (14-19), Institute of Education, University of London

Exhibitions
2018 Portrait of Britain Exhibition 2018, JCDecaux screens nationwide in the UK, September, 2018
2018 Jersey Summer Exhibition 2018,  CCA Galleries International, St Helier 21 June - 27 July
2018 Atlantus, Unveil'd Presents : Photobook #01, Borough Road Gallery, London, 15 - 18 May
2018 The Seaflower VentureSony World Photography Awards, Somerset House, London, 20 April - 06 May
2017 Interventions at Street Photography 1917-2017 - A Tribute to Everyday Life, Øksnehallen, Copenhagen, 28 June – 01 Aug,
2016 Atlantus, (solo), e/uh/-books, London South Bank University, 28 June – 28 Aug
2016 Atlantus, Papeteries Etienne, Les Nuits de la Photographie, Arles, 07 July
2016 Atlantus, New Jersey States Museum and States Archive, Trenton, 24 June
2016 Atlantus, International Finance Centre Jersey, Saint Helier, 22 March
2015 –16 Quientessence, The Berni Gallery, Jersey Arts Centre, Saint Helier, 30 Nov – 04 Jan
2015 Atlantus, Skipton Arts Series Projection Gallery, Saint Helier, 10 Nov
2015 Atlantus, Connections: Jersey Festival of Words, Saint Helier, 30 Sept – 03 Oct
2015 Atlantus, Unseen Festival & Book Fair, Hidden Treasures, Amsterdam, 18 – 27 Sept
2005 Tableaux Vivants, (solo), Berni Gallery, Jersey Arts Centre, Saint Helier, 01 – 20 Aug
2002 Kiosk, The Kiosk Project, London
2001 Moving, The Grey Hound Artspace, London
2000 Fuzzy Logic, Ether Gallery, Southsea, Portsmouth
2000 Tracing Art, Portland Building, Portsmouth
2000 Interventions, (solo), Platformen, Museet For Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
1999 Sat Ud! Hjemløs i London, (solo), Worker’s Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
1999 Enter iF You Can (solo), Watershed Gallery, Bristol
1999 Ian Parry Award Exhibition, Tom Blau Gallery, London
1998 Alienation (solo), Shakespeare’s Globe, London
1998 Smartmove (solo), The House of Commons, London

Photobook Festivals & Fairs
2019 Te Ahi Kā, The Tokyo Art Book Fair, Tokyo, Spring 2019
2018 Te Ahi Kā, Book launch, Oratia Books, Auckland, New Zealand, 05 Dec 2018
2018 Te Ahi KāLisbon’s Photobook Fair, Author’s Table, Lisbon 23-25, Nov 2018
2018 Te Ahi Kā, Book signing, CCA Galleries International, St Helier, Jersey 22 Nov 2018
2018 Te Ahi Kā, Polycopies, book signing, L'Ascenseur Végétal, 10 Nov 2018
2018 Te Ahi Kā, Paris Photo, Launch and book signing, Dewi Lewis Publishing, 9 Nov 2018
2018 Te Ahi Kā, Zentralbibliothek im Kulturpalast Dresden, Dresden, from 01 Nov
2018 Te Ahi Kā, Photobook Week Aarhus, Aarhus, 04 – 07 Oct
2018 Te Ahi Kā, Internationale Photoszene Köln, Cologne, 21 Sept – 14 Oc
2018 Te Ahi Kā, Organ Vida – International Photography Festival, Zagreb, 10 – 16 Sept
2018 Te Ahi Kā, Photography Seminar Litauen, Nida, 02 – 09 Sept
2018 Te Ahi Kā, FotoLeggendo, Officine Fotografiche Roma, Rome, 08 June – 15 July,
2018 Te Ahi Kā, IED – Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid Jul
2018 Te Ahi Kā, Triennial of Photography Hamburg, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg 07 – 17 June,
2018 Te Ahi Kā, Fotobookfestival, documenta-Halle, Kassel, 31 May – 03 June,
2018 Te Ahi Kā, PhotoIreland Festival, The Library Project, Dublin 01 – 31 May,
2017 Atlantus, Athens Photo Festival, Greece, 12 June – 20 July
2017 Atlantus, PLURAL, EFTI Photography School, Spain, 28 June
2016 Atlantus, Lisbon Photobook Fair, Portugal, 24 – 27 Nov
2016 Atlantus, SCAN Tarragona Photography Festival, Spain, 19 Oct – 08 Jan 2017
2016 Atlantus, Gazebook: Sicily Photobook Festival, Punta Secca, 09 – 11 Sept
2016 Atlantus, Prix de Livre Author Book Award, Les Rencontres d'Arles, 08 July
2016 Atlantus, Cosmos Les Rencontres d’Arles, France, 04 – 10 July
2016 Atlantus, First Books and Dummies, Photobook Bristol, Bristol, 10 – 13 June
2016 Atlantus, Indie Photobook Library, 19 April
2016 Atlantus, Society for Photographic Education, National Conference, Las Vegas, 10 – 13 March
2016 Photobook Melbourne, Memory_Archive, Melbourne, February
2015 Atlantus, Photobooks of 2015: PhotoBookStore, Pierre Bessard, 02 Dec
2015 Atlantus, Best Photobooks of 2015: Photoeye, Alec Soth / LBM, 08 Dec
2015 Atlantus, Polycopies and Le Photobookfest, Paris Photo, 12 – 15 Nov
2015 Atlantus, Virtual Bookshelf JC, 23 Oct
2015 Atlantus, Impressions Gallery Photobook Fair, Bradford, 10 Oct

Awards
Portrait of Britain 2018 –  Selected winner (Masterplan)
Kassel Dummy Award 2018 - Shortlisted (Te Ahi Kā)
Discovery Category, Sony World Photography Award 2018 - Shortlisted (The Seaflower Venture)
Prix du Livre Author Book Award, Les Rencontres d'Arles 2016 - Shortlisted (Atlantus)
Ian Parry Award 1999 - Finalist

Collections
Museet For Fotokunst (Denmark), Société Jersiaise Photographic Archive (Jersey), Crisis (London)

Grants
The Danish Ministry of Culture, The British Council, South West Arts, Government of Jersey, Jersey Arts Trust, ArtHouse Jersey, Hautlieu Trust, Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui, Creative New Zealand, New Zealand Lottery Environment and Heritage Fund

Books
Te Ahi Kã – The Fires of Occupation, 2018, Dewi Lewis Publishing (UK) and Oratia Books (NZ) (launch Nov)
Future of St Helier, 2018, Masterplan newsprint in collaboration with Hautlieu School A-Level photography students and Archisle: Jersey Contemporary Photography Programme. Printed by Jersey Evening Post
Portrait of Britain 2018, 2018, Hoxton Mini Press (selected winner with portrait, ‘High Net Worth Individual’ from Masterplan project)
Atlantus, 2015 together with writer and photo-archivist, Gareth Syvret, Archisle: Jersey Contemporary Photography Programme. A dual functioning newspaper/ pop-up exhibition designed by Kummer & Herrman.

Catalogue
Street Photography 1917-2017 - A Tribute to Everyday Life, 2017, Catalogue, Øksnehallen, DGI-Byen, Copenhagen with texts by Carsten Brandt, Jörg Colberg, Jens Erdman Rasmussen, Julie Søgren Jensen, Silvia Loddo, Anne Morin, Dan Turéll.

Press
Booksellers NZ, Craft-printed homage to tangata whenua of the Whanganui River blessed at Auckland ceremony’, 6 Dec 2018
Whanganui Chronicle, Book explores physical and spiritual side of Whanganui River’, 5 Dec 2018BBC Radio Jersey, ‘Interview with James Hand, 28 Nov 2018
Bailiwick Express, A story of men and a river, 10 Nov 2018
British Journal of Photography, Beyond Paris Photo - focus on photobooks, online 31 Oct 2018
British Journal of Photography, Te ahi kā - The Fires of Occupation, interview online, 16 Oct 2018
British Journal of Photography, Portrait of Britain 2018 Winners, October Issue, 2018
Connect, Bailiwick Express, ‘Profile: Martin Toft’ October, 2018
Jersey Evening Post, ‘Future of St Helier’ supplement, 14 Sept, 2018
Jersey Evening Post, ‘Students picture St Helier’s future with landmark art project’, 14 Sept, 2018
Jersey Evening Post, ‘Local photographer makes Sony global awards shortlist’, 12 Sept 2018
Jersey Evening Post, ‘Millionaire’s portrait proves a winner’, 4 Sept, 2018
BBC News, Portraits celebrate Britain's diversity in 2018, 30 Aug 2018
The Guardian, A nanny, a rabbi, a puppet and a parrot: portrait of Britain today – in pictures, 30 Aug 2018
London Evening Standard, Portrait of Britain: largest ever contemporary portrait exhibition to go on show across the UK, 29 Aug 2018
Bailiwick Express, 'Portrait of local millionaire to be viewed by "millions", 29 Aug 2018
BBC Radio Jersey Interview with Sarah Palmer about The Seaflower Venture, 20 July 2018
Jersey Evening Post 'School photography project focuses on future of St Helier',  22 June 2018
BBC Radio Jersey, Interview with Kate Jennings about Masterplan Community and Arts Project , 12 June 2018
The Guardian, ‘Sony World Photography Awards 2018 - in Pictures’, 20 April 2018
Newsweek, ‘Sony World Photography Awards 2018 - winners revealed’, 20 April 2018
BBC News, ‘The Sony World Photography Awards 2018’, 20 April 2018
BBC Radio, Jersey, Interview with Carrie Cooper about Masterplan project, 7 March 2018
The Sunday Times, ‘The Sony World Photography Awards 2018’, 20 April 2018
The Atlantic, ‘The 2018 Sony World Photography Awards’ 5 March 2018
Weekendavisen, Denmark , Gadefotografi 1917-2017, Mette Sandbye, 14-20 July 2017
CPH Online, ‘Street Photography 1917-2017 – A tribute to everyday life, Stephen Gadd, 7 July 2017
Filmkommentaren.dk, ‘Street Photography 1917-2017’, Tue Steen Müller, 3 July 2017,
Business Brief, ‘Masterplan’ January 2017
Community news, Trenton, A Jersey salute to New Jersey – pop up art and Precious’ legacy, 1 Nov 2016
Bailiwick Express, How do you photograph finance?, 6 Oct 2016
Peeps Magazine, Issue 2, The Rights to the Whanganui River, Professor Dame Anne Salmond, July 2016
BBC Radio Jersey, Atantus in New Jersey, Charlie McArdle, 23 June 2016
British Journal of Photography, ‘Archisle’, May 2016, Colin Pantall
Jersey Evening Post ‘Pictures that connect the island to the international community of art’, 5 Dec 2015
Jersey Evening Post, ‘Jersey old and new in pictures’, Gill Kay, 2 Dec 2015
The Photobook Blog, ‘Martin Toft - Atlantus’, review by Douglas Stockdale, 5 Nov 2015
Colin Pantall's Blog, ‘Walking Across Europe with a Trolley’, 27 January 2014
Jersey Evening Post, Channel Islands, ‘Crisis? What Crisis?’, Andy Sibcy, 5 August 2005
BBC Jersey, C.I. ‘Today Program’ radio interview with John Umpthof, 1 August 2005
Fyns Stiftidende, Denmark, ‘Martin Toft was here’, Mogens Damgaard, 9 April 2000
Jyllands-Posten, Denmark, ‘Til fods mod fronten’, Stig Olesen, 12 March 2000
Fyns Stiftidende, Denmark, ‘Lang march mod friheden’, Mogens Damgaard, 5 March 2000
Politiken, Denmark, ‘Fodtur gennem Europa’, Heidi Vesterberg, 3 March 2000
Watershed (cat), Bristol, UK, ‘Enter iF You Can’, July/Sept 1999 and October 1999
Danmarks Radio 1, Denmark ‘KulturNyt’ radio interview med Mette Scheuer, 17 May 1999
Den Liberale Presse, Denmark, ‘Flugtbilleder’, Peter Hartung, 15 May 1999
Jyllands-Posten, Denmark, ‘En kritiker bag kameraet’, Anja Bertelsen, 14 May 1999
Aalborg Stiftidende, Denmark, ‘Hjemløse i London’, 13 May 1999
Femina No. 53, Denmark, ‘Londons gader blev hans hjem’, Bente Bundgaard, Dec. 1998
Jyllands-Posten, Denmark ‘Den store reportage’, Niels-Victor Christiansen, 29 March 1998
The Independent, UK, ‘There’s no place like home’, Louise Jury, 24 March 1998
Shakespeare’s Globe, text: Crisis ‘Under the Heavens/ Alienation’ (cat), March 1998

Editorial
Peeps Magazine, (Canada)
The Independent, Essentials, anglodane magazine, Crisis, The Samaritans, (UK).
Berlingske Tidende, Politiken, Jyllands-Posten, Billed-Bladet, Bazar, Femina, Vi Unge, (Denmark).
Gøteborg-Posten, Vagabond Resetidende, (Sweden).
Bergens Tidende, Adresse-Avisen, Stavanger Aftonbladet, (Norway).

Presentations
Lunch time talk at the Société Jersiaise, The Seaflower Venture, 31 Oct 2018
In conversation with Jens Olof Lasthien, Interventions at Street Photography 1917-2017 - A Tribute to Everyday Life, talk at Øksnehallen, Copenhagen, 29 June 2017
Capitalism, Corporate Identity and Propaganda, talk at leboudoir2.0. Les Rencontres Photographie, Arles

Teaching
2004-current Photography Tutor (part-time), Hautlieu School, Jersey, Channel Islands
2014 Judge and Co-ordinator of Pan-island Education Programme of workshops, night projections and exhibitions, Guernsey Photography Festival 2014, Faith, Family, Community, 18 Sept-18 Oct
2016 Personal, Private or Public, curating, A-Level Photography Student exhibition, Jersey Library Gallery, 26 March- 7 May
2015 125 Years of JEP Photography Pop-up Exhibition, organising student take-over, Jersey Museum, 24 Nov
2006-2011, Photography Tutor (part-time), Adult Education, Highlands College, Jersey, Channel Islands
2003 Artists-in-Residence, King Alfred School, North London
2003 Tutor Fine Art & Photography (part-time), Foundation Studies, University of Middlesex, London
2002 Art Teacher (part-time), King Alfred School, North London
1999 Seminar and curating an exhibition with homeless people at Watershed Gallery, Bristol
1998 Photographic workshop for young homeless people living in winter-shelters in London