Toby Smith works internationally on personal, commissioned and collaborative projects concerning landscape, environment, industrial and science stories. Toby brings over 10 years of experience in photography, video, research, academic, editorial, campaign, commercial and experimental methods.
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. He is currently an Associate Scholar of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute and lives in Stroud with his wife and son.
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. Toby continues to collaborate with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, the Department of Geography and was invited to join Wolfson College as a Senior Member.
Toby embraces a range of traditional photography and innovative video techniques tailored to the objective, story and audience. Starting with critical research into objective, placement and narrative – he moves 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 effective publishing of his research alongside online mapping and geo-location which has lead to grants from National Geographic, The Royal Photographic Society and partnerships with institutions, academics and 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 nominations for the Prix Pictet award.
Exemplary long term 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, walking the entire proposed London to Birmingham rail line and documenting water scarcity across the Himalayas.