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 the House of Commons, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Tom Blau Gallery (London) Watershed Gallery (Bristol), Jersey Arts Centre (Saint Helier), Museet for Fotokunst, (Odense), Worker’s Museum and Øksnehallen (Copenhagen.) His photographs have been published internationally, received numerous grants and his work is held in collections. In 2015 in collaboration with photo-archivist Gareth Syvret at Archisle: Jersey Contemporary Photography Programme and designer Kummer & Herrman they produced a multi-functional newspaper / pop-up exhibition, Atlantus which has been exhibited widely in the UK, Europe and USA. In 2016 Atlantus was nominated for the Prix du Livre Author Book Award at Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles, South France. His new photobook, Te Ahi Kã - The Fires of Occupation in collaboration with book designer Ania Nałęcka-Milach about the physical and metaphysical relationship between a river and its indigenous people of New Zealand is scheduled for publication in Spring 2018.

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 / photo book fairs & festivals
2017 Interventions at Street Photography 1917-2017 - A Tribute to Everyday Life, Øksnehallen, Copenhagen, 28 June – 1 Aug,
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-8 Jan 2017
2016 Atlantus, Gazebook: Sicily Photobook Festival, Punta Secca, 9-11 Sept
2016 Atlantus, (solo), e/uh/-books, London South Bank University, 28 June-28 Aug
2016 Atlantus, Prix de Livre Author Book Award, Les Rencontres d'Arles, 8 July
2016 Atlantus, Papeteries Etienne, Les Nuits de la Photographie, Arles, 7 July
2016 Atlantus, Cosmos Les Rencontres d’Arles, France, 4-10 July
2016 Atlantus, New Jersey States Museum and States Archive, Trenton, 24 June
2016 Atlantus, First Books and Dummies, Photobook Bristol, Bristol, 10-13 June
2016 Atlantus, Indie Photobook Library, 19 April
2016 Atlantus, Jersey International Finance Centre, St Helier, Jersey, 22 March
2016 Atlantus, Society for Photographic Education, National Conference, Las Vegas, 10 –13 March
2016 Photobook Melbourne, Memory_Archive, Melbourne, February
2015 –16 Quientessence, The Berni Gallery, Jersey Arts Centre, St Helier, 30 Nov – 4 Jan
2015 Atlantus, Photobooks of 2015: PhotoBookStore, Pierre Bessard, 2 Dec
2015 Atlantus, Best Photobooks of 2015: Photoeye, Alec Soth / LBM, 8 Dec
2015 Atlantus, Polycopies and Le Photobookfest, Paris Photo, 12 –15 Nov
2015 Atlantus, Skipton Arts Series Projection Gallery, St Helier, 10 Nov
2015 Atlantus, Virtual Bookshelf JC, 23 Oct
2015 Atlantus, Impressions Gallery Photobook Fair, Bradford, 10 Oct
2015 Atlantus, Connections: Jersey Festival of Words, St Helier, 30 Sept –3 Oct
2015 Atlantus, Unseen Festival & Book Fair, Hidden Treasures, Amsterdam, 18 –27 Sept
2005 Tableaux Vivants, (solo), Berni Gallery, Jersey Arts Centre, Channel Islands
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

Collections / archives
Museet For Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark, Société Jersiaise Photographic Archive, Jersey Arts Trust, Crisis. Received grants from Government of Jersey, The Danish Ministry of Culture, The British Council, South West Arts, Jersey Arts Trust, Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui, New Zealand.

Books / newspapers
Te Ahi Kã – The Fires of Occupation, 2017, book dummy with design by Ania Nałęcka-Milach (launch Spring 2018)
Atlantus, 2015 together with writer and photo-archivist, Gareth Syvret, Archisle: Jersey Contemporary Photography Programme. A dual functioning newspaper/ pop-up exhibition in collaboration with designer Kummer & Herrman.

Press / interviews
Weekendavisen, Denmark , Gadefotografi 1917-2017, Mette Sandbye, 14-20 July
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 / freelance
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).

Talks / projections
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 / workshops
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