MARTYN THOMPSON STUDIO
Martyn Thompson Studio is a multidisciplinary outfit that has branched out from Thompson’s distinctive photography practice into a number of creative expressions. An aesthetic anchored in the touch of the hand, which stems from Thompson’s love of craft, runs through the studio’s work, defined by a tactile and painterly language that is a visual push me, pull me between nostalgia and now.
Founded in NYC in 2013, the studio has notably developed its signature jacquard textile collection: a visual marriage of the hand-made with technology, where Thompson’s photographs are edited and manipulated into repeat patterns and then woven on a jacquard loom in cotton.Today the studio’s work includes carpet and wallpaper design, homewares, accessories and limited edition art and MTS collabortates with brands to give direction on the areas that help shape and define a visual identity: color, mood and tactility.
Martyn Thompson began his career making clothes before deciding to document them instead. He worked as a fashion photographer in Sydney and Paris and then in London - where his scope broadened into the world of interiors and still life.
The 1990’s saw the development of his idiosyncratic lifestyle photography, embracing a love of the lived environment. He began to develop a new, atypical approach to documenting interiors and architecture. In a Martyn Thompson image the human and the environment are always connected-the ordinary can become something enigmatic. His tactile and emotive approach combined with a mastery of natural light is a skill that has made him highly sought after for still life and product photography.
Thompson has worked on a number of published titles, including Ilse Crawfords first book, the best selling Sensual Home and the highly successful River Cafe cook books. He has authored two books : Interiors (2011) and Working Space (2013) and contributed editorial to some of the world’s most respected magazines including Elle Decoration, Architectural Digest, W, The New York Times Magazine and Vogue. Commercially, he’s created acclaimed imagery for many of the world’s leading brands including Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Hermès and Jo Malone.
A keen advocate of change and experiment, his work today has evolved to include video, mixed-media print work and 3-D fabrication.