Toby Smith, 34, is based in Cambridge and works internationally on projects concerning landscape, environment, industrial and science stories. He is represented by Verbatim Photographic Agency in London and New York.
Toby graduated with a Masters in Contemporary Photography from London College of Communication in 2008. This was after spending time employed both in the British Army Infantry and 2 years working across Africa utilising his bachelors degree in Environmental Science. His focus now lies on large-scale photography and research projects for editorial publication, exhibition, communication and advocacy.
Toby was the Artist in Residence of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute for 2015/16. Kindly funded by the Leverhulme Trust the residency enabled a new emphasis on an inter-disciplinary theme whilst seeking out new paths to tackle important conservation challenges. UCCRI is one of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative’s Partners and was founded in October 2013. Toby continues to be associated with UCCRI and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative for 2016/17 as an Associate Scholar and has was invited to join Wolfson College as a Senior Member.
Toby embraces a range of traditional photography and innovate video techniques tailored to the subject matter. Moving between large format photography for exhibition and print, full production video for broadcast and also Ultra HD Time Lapse or animation for web and new-media usage. Toby also has a special interest in the online mapping and geo-location of his research leading to grants from National Geographic, The Royal Photographic Society and partnerships with NGO’s on numerous field trips.
His work is exhibited internationally and editorial clients include National Geographic, GEO, The Sunday Times Magazine, TIME, Fortune, The New York Times, Guardian, Intelligent Life and Stern. Broadcast credits include the BBC Natural History Unit, Al Jazeera, Sky News, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. Notable exhibitions and awards include the V & A Gallery, The Barbican and PDN 30.
Notable projects include a study of hydroelectricity and landscape in Scotland, renewable energy technology across China and India, illegal logging and mining in Madagascar, a review of the worldwide commercial space industry and walking the entire proposed London to Birmingham rail line. He recently collaborated with the Unknown Fields division on commissioned 4K film. Currently on show at the V and A gallery it explores the narrative of Rare Earth minerals in the electronics industry.