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01522 83 5135
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Tom Martin

Tom is a British photographer/videographer, specialising in documenting humanitarian issues in Africa and Asia, undertaking commissions for charities, NGOs and donors including the EU and UN. Publications range from The Economist and The Independent to Italian Vogue and the Lancet. Exhibitions include solo shows in Westminster and Rwanda, and the 'Taylor Wessing' Photo prize at the National Portrait Gallery. Tom lectures in photography at Lincoln University, specialising in still and moving image documentary methodology. His research investigates participatory photography projects in the NGO environment, with projects in South Sudan, Bangladesh and Rwanda. SELECTED EXHIBITIONS In Conflict - Visible White Photo Prize, Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Florence, Italy, 2017 Lincoln Law School CONDIS Conference; Spaces and Places of the Journey to the UK: Assessing the Legal Framework for People Fleeing Conflict, 2017 Saferworld Communities First Exhibition, Westminster, Brussels, Washington, 2015 Calicoon fine Arts, New York - Drift, Exhibition with Caroline Bergvall, 2015 Dakar Biennale, Senegal - Joint exhibition, 2014 Colette, Paris - Redball project exhibition, 2013 National Theatre, London - ‘Festival!’ Exhibition in collaboration with Corbis. 2012 12 star gallery, Westminster – ‘another day on earth’ – solo exhibition of documentary photography by Tom Martin, Nov-Dec 2011 1650 gallery, Los Angeles – I’ll be your mirror, 2011 National Portrait Gallery, London - Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, (2010-2011) Cell project space – London, 2009 National Museum of Rwanda, Kigali, 2008 Central St Martins, London - BFA degree show, 2007 SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (IMAGES) Newspapers/magazines: National Geographic Traveller Magazine, The Economist, Vogue (Italia), VICE, Vanity Fair, The Guardian (UK), The Independent (UK), The Daily Telegraph (UK), The Times (UK), Global News (US), France 24, Time Out (London), The Huffington Post, Tages Anzeiger (Switzerland), B.Spirit!, B.there!, ‘This Is Tomorrow’ contemporary art magazine, The New Times (Rwanda), La Revleve newspaper (Belgium), The Africa Report. Reports/Journals: Nature/The Scientific American, Rwanda Feels the Pinch as Donors Slash Health Aid, Erika Check Hayden, 2016. Unlimited Imprint, Unresolved, Issue 02, p18, 2016 The Lancet, FP2020: accelerating progress in access to family planning, Volume 388, No. 10057, p2210, 2016.  Bangladesh and the 2030 Agenda: Targets for a more peaceful, just, and inclusive society, Saferworld, 2016 The Lancet, Funding: Welcome Trust selects sustainable health projects, Tony Kirby, Volume 384, No. 9942, p484, 2014. UNDP - Rule of Law and Access to Justice in Eastern and Southern Africa: Showcasing Innovations and Good Practices, p11, p33, 2013. TRIAL, Track impunity Always, Activity Report, 2013, 2014. Bloomberg Business, Big Mac Welfare Is Better Than the Workhouse. Mark Gimen, 2013. International Monetary Fund Annual Report 2012: Working Together To Support Global Recovery, P26, 2012. Saferworld Annual Review, 2012-13, 2013-14. Penal Reform International, Annual Report, 2012.  Books: The 12 Star Gallery, The First 10 Years, European Union 2015 Lonely Planet Scotland, Lonely Planet, 2015 The Rough Guide to England, rough guides UK, 2015 DRIFT, Caroline Bergvall, Nightboat books NY, Cover image and interior plates, 2014. Big Art / Small Art, Tristan Manco, Thames and Hudson, 2014. Great Escapes: Experience the word at your leisure, Lonely Planet, 2013 Lonely Planet discover Great Britain, Lonely planet, 2013. The Castles of Britain and Ireland, Rodney Castlede, Hachette UK, 2012

Department Responsibilities

BA (Hons) Photography Programme leader, Module coordinator for Methods of Practice (Yr1) Dynamic visual forms (Yr1)

Subject Specialism

Photography, Documentary, Video, Participatory media, media and international development,


  • Level 3 Diploma in Management — Institute of Leadership and Management , 2018
  • Associate Fellow — Higher Education Academey , 2016
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art — UAL, Central Saint Martins, 2007


Consultancy work with NGO’s designing and delivering Participatory Photo Projects, specifically in a community peace-building context. 

Research Interests

  • Documentary

  • Participatory Media

  • Visual Ethnography

  • Photography

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • Visionaries of Kigali, participatory photography, peacebuilding and representation — The Aegis Trust in

Professional Affiliations