Te Ahi Kā – The Fires of Occupation has finally arrived! by Martin Toft

In 1996 I returned to New Zealand and met Māori who was in the process of reversing the colonisation of their people and returning to their ancestral homeland Mangapapapa in the middle reaches of the Whanganui River. At the end of my journey I was given a Māori name, Pouma Pokai-Whenua. Returning 20 years later to rekindle my spiritual kinship with tangata whenua our new book Te Ahi Kā – The Fires of Occupation explore the physical and metaphysical relationship between a river and its ancestors, between Māori and myself. Available for sale worldwide at Dewi Lewis Publishing. https://www.dewilewis.com/…/te-ahi-ka-the-fires-of-occupati…

Official European launch at Paris Photo on Fri 9 Nov with a book signing at 18:00 in the Grand Palais.

Copies for Aotearoa are currently being shipped across the oceans with a launch in mid-November, including a special karakia in Auckland. For all enquiries in New Zealand, including Australia and the South Pacific please contact Oratia Books.

Too many people in the past 22 years have been involved in the making of this book to mention here, but a few individuals needs a special acknowledgement. The incredible book designer Ania Nałęcka-Milach and equally magnificent Rafał Milach for editing a perfect sequence of images from a vast collection of photographs spanning from 1885 to 2017. All whanau and the Trustees of Te Wananga o Mangapapapa Trust for all their support, especially Anahera whose input has been invaluable. Lastly, to my elders Hokio Te-Rangi, Tawhero and Tukaiora – tēnā koutou katoa.

Published with financial support from Creative New ZealandNew Zealand Lottery Grants Board and Te Mana O Te Awa Grant administered by Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui.

Profile in CONNECT Jersey business magazine by Martin Toft

Jersey’s business community, please pick up current edition of Connect published by Bailiwick Express where I’m discussing two of my research and photographic projects, Masterplan and The Seaflower Venture both concerned with the island of Jersey operating as an entrepôt. First trading cod-fish for other exotic commodities such as sugar, coffee and tobacco as part of an international merchant network that can be viewed as a blueprint for a future offshore finance industry. Opposite you can also read about the new appointment of Matt Fiott by ArtHouse Jersey who has moved from being former Head of Brexit Coordination for the Government of Jersey to Executive Producer. We all need funding to continue the production of new work that can question, challenge and explore complex issues and their impact on the island’s economy, identity and geography - só please get in touch to hear about how you can support the arts, culture and archives. For those who can't find a copy here is an online link http://online.fliphtml5.com/ktlu/vlit/#p=45
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Te Ahi Kā dummy version travelling to my hometown of Aarhus, Denmark by Martin Toft

A dummy version of my new book Te Ahi Kā - The Fires of Occupation is being exhibited this weekend at Photobook Week Aarhus as part of the touring Fotobookfestival in Kassel where it was shortlisted for the Dummy Award 2018. This is particulary special for me as Aarhus is my hometown, where in 1993 I left to seek a new existence and found it through photography. Promotion of the finished version of the book will begin from next week onwards and pre-sales can be made here at Dewi Lewis Publishing https://www.dewilewis.com/…/te-ahi-ka-the-fires-of-occupati…


Dummy version of Te Ahi Kā at Organ Vida - International Photography Festival by Martin Toft

An earlier dummy version of Te Ahi Kā - The Fires of Occupation is currently being exhibited at Organ Vida - International Photography Festival in Zagreb as part of Fotobookfestival in Kassel where it was shortlisted for the Dummy Award 201. The final version is currently on its way from Poland to Dewi Lewis Publishing for worldwide distribution in partnership with Oratia Books in New Zealand. Pre-orders will be available soon!


Future of St Helier video browser by Martin Toft

Here is a video browser of our Future of St Helier supplement printed and distributed in today's edition of the Jersey Evening Post. Hautlieu photography students were challenged with responding to specific areas, streets and neighbourhoods divided up along the urban vingtaines of St Helier and to explore through research, archives and photography the built-environment, urban living, diverse communities, town planning, land use and re-generation projects. Each student designed a page spread which was then split in half producing a fragmented image reflecting on the nature of experience and diversity of St Helier. Make sure to get your copy before the shops close!

Thanks to everyone involved in the creative process Archisle Lewis BushJamie ColeSimon Crowcroft, Kevin Pilley - States of Jersey and our sponsors Jersey Development Company and Camerons Limited.

Future of St Helier newsprint by Martin Toft

At Masterplan Project we wil be printing Future of St Helier, our 52 page newspaper supplement with Jersey Evening Post on Tuesday 18 Sept. The visual content produced by A-Level photography students at Hautlieu School will hopefully engender a renewed debate in the States of Jersey and its various stakeholders in working towards delivering a sustainable and vibrant vision for the island’s capital and its citizens who either live, work in or visit St Helier. 

We would like to thank everyone who have been part of the Masterplan community arts and education project, our sponsors Jersey Development Company and Camerons Limited, all project partners and collaborators, Archisle and its 2018 International Photographer-in-Residence, Lewis BushPhoto-Archive Societe-Jersiaise, Connétable of St Helier, Simon Crowcroft, Kevin Pilley from Planning Department, States of Jersey, Hautlieu School's Photography Department and alumni, Holly SmithJames ShepherdRobbie DarkShannon O' Donnell and Max Le Feuvre. Be sure to get your copy of the JEP next Tuesday!  

Portrait of Britain Britain 2018 Book Launch by Martin Toft

Join us tonight in London for Portrait of Britain Book Launch Party, published by Hoxton Mini Press in association with The British Journal of Photography and JCDecaux. My portrait 'High Net Wortk Individual' showing Mr Stuart Weaving in his penthouse apartment on the Esplanade in the heart of Jersey’s finance district is selected as one of the winners. Part of my long-term Masterplan Project – a visual record of finance in collaboration with Archisle and Photo-Archive Societe-Jersiaise