Toby Smith, based in the South-West of England, works internationally on collaborative, commissioned and personal projects concerning climate change, landscape, environment, industrial and science narratives.
Toby brings over 12 years of experience in photographic, editorial, academic, video, research, campaign, commercial and experimental narratives.
Toby is the Climate Visuals Programme Lead and Media Liaison with a strategic goal of expanding their presence, influence and impact in the media and photographic sectors. He uses an evidence-based approach to design a more compelling and diverse visual language for climate change.
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 operates as Director of Shoot Unit Ltd, is 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.
Within Climate Visuals, Toby is available for public or private consultation using a solid research and evidence base to make informed, accurate and impactful decisions around climate change imagery. With a broad network of photography partners, agencies, image libraries and contributors alongside strategic partnerships within the media and editorial sectors.
As a photographer, Toby embraces a range of traditional imaging and innovative video techniques tailored to the objectives, story and audience. Starting with critical research into 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, The Horniman and nominations for the Prix Pictet award.