About Martin Weinhold

Martin Weinhold 05 small V2Studied Communication in Social and Economic Contexts at the University of the Arts in Berlin. In his degree dissertation (equivalent to an extended MA) he elaborated on theories about the individuality in portrait photography. For many years he was cameraman for various German tv channels, as well as for independent tv productions. Martin Weinhold is an experienced lecturer and instructor for photography / visual media. As a freelance photographer his main expertise is portrait and any kind of people related photography, as well as product still-life and industry documentation.

Artistically Weinhold has dedicated his life to documentary photography. His focus is particularly on social documentaries and on the contextualized portrait. His latest and most ambitious venture, the WorkSpace Canada Project, was originally scheduled for a decade of constant work (2006 to 2016) and now even goes into an extended work period for portraying the entire country through the lens of people’s work reality.

Art and Profession

2002 - 2006

  • - Commissioned work about indigenous coffee growers in southern Mexico for a German fair trade company (2002)
  • - Development of a photography department and curriculum for an advanced technical college in Schwerin
      (Germany) and teaching there from 2002-2014
  • - Portrait project with 16-year-old students on the subject of self-expression (2002/2003)
  • - Long-term portrait project about East-Berlin painters/sculptors, reflecting their situation a decade after the
       political change of 1989; exhibition in Berlin and publication of the book Artists Heads Studios (2001-2004)
  • - Portrait series featuring composers of contemporary music in Canada (2005)
  • - Launch of an extensive documentary portrait project about the world of work (2006)
  • - One-year work residence in Canada (2006-2007)


  • - Participation in the international photography exhibition WORK-CULTURE-WORK in Berlin, Germany
  • - Commissioned by the Goethe-Institute Toronto: photography for the feature exhibition WorkSpace at the
       CONTACT Photography Festival (collaborative work with photographer Jesse Boles); curator: Doina Popescu
  • - Guest lecture and single exhibition at Ryerson University, Toronto


  • - Part of the joint exhibition l'istesso tempo (Polish/German artists) at galerie bild plus in Berlin,
       curated by Eva Fiedrowicz
  • - Continuation of the WorkSpace Canada Project in Ontario and Québec
  • - Instructor for the master program Documentary Media, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto
  • - Acquisition of 12 original gelatin silver prints from the WorkSpace Canada collection
       through Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa


  • - Continued work for WorkSpace Canada in Newfoundland, Ontario and Québec
  • - Exhibition featuring landscape images from Alberta and Saskatchewan at the gallery ARTKUNSTRAUM in Berlin
  • - Resuming photography lectureship at the advanced technical college in Germany


  • - Lecturer/project advisor for the Documentary Media program, Ryerson University, Toronto
  • - Multimedia lecture for the York-/Ryerson-University Communication and Culture program, comparing
       East-German documentaries with the 2006 drama film The Lives of Others
  • - Continued photography for WorkSpace Canada in Labrador, Ontario, Québec and Saskatchewan
  • - Acquisition of 15 gelatin silver prints from the artists' project through Berlinische Galerie
Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture, Berlin)


  • - Exhibition WorkSpace Canada at the John-F.-Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies in Berlin,
       opening with a lecture by Oliver Bruns, Hannah Arendt-Centre Oldenburg
  • - Publication of the first WorkSpace Canada book with essays by philosopher Mark Kingwell (University of Toronto)
       and Prof. Harald Wenzel (Free University Berlin)
  • - Lecture / workshop about visual studies in art and sociology, John-F.-Kennedy-Institute, Free University, Berlin
  • - Continued photography for WorkSpace Canada - extensive production in Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.
  • - Ryerson-Goethe Photo Residency in Toronto, (Ryerson University/Goethe Institute Toronto)
  • - Comprehensive WorkSpace Canada show, I.M.A. Gallery on Spadina, Toronto,
       solo exhibition curated by Don Snyder (Ryerson University)
  • - Panelist at the public symposium The Depiction of Labour in Toronto, together with Prof. Mark Kingwell
       and Prof. Blake Fitzpatrick; joint event of Goethe Institute Toronto and Ryerson University
  • - Lectureships for Photography Studies and Documentary Media, programs at the School of Image Arts, Toronto
  • - Cursus Rerum, exhibition about traces of personal memory in urban spaces, Montréal, Québec
  • - Guest lecture at the Cultural Studies Program, Trent University, Peterborough (Canada) about the visual
       preservation of memory


  • WorkSpace Canada - Open Skies and Enclosed Spaces, exhibition at the German Consulate General Toronto
  • - Continued photography for WorkSpace Canada in Northern Ontario
  • - Sessional instructor for Concepts and Theory at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto


  • - Setup of a photography department for the Design School 2.0 in Leipzig (Germany),
       working as instructor and coordinator there until 2019
  • - Lecture about the WorkSpace Canada Project at the Institute of Philosophy and Aesthetics,
       University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe
  • - Continued photography for WorkSpace Canada in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario
  • - Public lecture/presentation about WorkSpace Canada as a visual study inspired by Hannah Arendt,
       University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon / Gordon Snelgrove Art Gallery
  • - Master class at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto


  • - Participating in the Prairie Light Photography Festival with the show WorkSpace Saskatchewan,
    Godfrey Dean Art Gallery, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, curator: Donald Stein
    - Public lecture introducing the idea of a portrait of a nation, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
    - Guest lectureship at the Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan
    - Continued photography for the WorkSpace Canada Project in Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Ontario


  • - The Culture of Work in Images, lecture at the Department of Socioeconomics, University Hamburg


  • - Canada, Portrait of a Young Nation, public presentation at the URANIA lecture centre Berlin
  • - Continued photography for the WorkSpace Canada Project in Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick
  • - Canada's close-up, Globe and Mail centre spread and article by James Adams on occasion of Canada Day


  • - Participating in the spring break exhibition, Cultural Centre Adlershof (Berlin) with portraits of First Nations’ women
  • - Publication of the book In Canadian Workspaces with an essay by Don Snyder (Toronto), made possible by the
       generous support of STIFTUNG PHOTOGRAPHIE schwarzweiss (Neubrandenburg, Germany)
  • - Face to Face with Canada - A Nation at Work, an exhibition in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary,
       presented in collaboration with Ryerson Artspace / Documentary Media Research Centre, curated by Don Snyder
  • - CBC Radio Interview with the host of The Morning Edition, Sheila Coles


  • Ideas of Land and Gainful Employment, exhibition featuring Canadian First Nations and their work environments,
       John-F.-Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies, Berlin
  • - Workers of the Sea, Life on the Canadian Coastlines, publication in the German magazine mare, edition 127
  • - Continued photography for the WorkSpace Canada Project in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario
  • - Guest lecture and workshop for the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton
  • - Guest lectures for various courses at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto
  • - Official inauguration of the permanent WorkSpace Canada exhibit at the German Embassy in Ottawa
       (Face to Face with Canada - A Nation at Work)
  • - Participating in the group show Work/Shift, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, curator: Sarah R. Saunders
  • - Participating in the group show Supernova, Berlin, curator: Dorit Bearach


  • - Honorary guest at the international Hannah Arendt Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,
       lecture and exhibition about the WorkSpace Canada Project

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