Arthouse Jersey gave photographer Martin Toft a research grant for his collaborative photographic research project Masterplan in 2016.
Masterplan is a five year project (2016 – 2020) using photography, film and archival research to tell the story of Jersey’s economic growth an development in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The huge importance of the finance sector to the post war economic trajectory of the island of Jersey is an area in which Photographic Archives until now remain deficient. A visual record of contemporary Jersey is a question of what visual record there is of finance. And, what is a visual record of finance?
Masterplan is a collaborative photographic research project between Martin Toft and Gareth Syvret at Archisle: The Jersey Contemporary Photography Programme, hosted by the Société Jersiaise Photographic Archive. Over the next five years multiple outcomes will develop in collaboration with award winning design partner, Kummer & Herrman.
Martin Toft is a photographer, photo book artist 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 long periods of time. His work is underpinned by archival, historical and conceptual discourse using lens-based media across photography, video, sound and text.