Martin Toft is a photographer, photo book collector 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 months or years in order to understand the language, traditions and heritage of his subjects. His work is underpinned by historical, conceptual and interdisciplinary discourse using lens-based media such as photography, video, sound and text.