Not one to be caught lounging around, Thompson's photographic career was set in motion some 30 years ago when he began shooting the "Made in My Kitchen" fashion he was producing at the time. As it turned out, his images attracted more attention than the clothes themselves, launching a career that continues to make a profound visual impact today.
An expat of Sydney, Australia, Thompson was seduced at an early age first by glam rock and later the dynamic youth movements exploding in the early eighties. He was particularly captivated by the aesthetic of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s subversive early collections and the music of artists such as Siouxsie and the Banshees.
Later in the decade, after several years in Paris, Thompson relocated to London where he began to move from fashion photography into the world of interiors. Perhaps due to his intellectual curiosity and 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 mastery of natural light is a skill that has made him highly sought after for still life and product photography.
A keen advocate of change and experiment, his work today has evolved to include video, mixed-media print work and 3-D fabrication.
Thompson has contributed editorial to some of the world’s most respected magazines including, 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 MAC cosmetics. In addition to working on a number of published titles, including two books with regular collaborator Ilse Crawford, Thompson recently released Interiors (2011) and Working Space (2013).
"The New Romantic"- Strange Loop - New York, 2012
"Anthem" - Strange Loop - New York, 2012
"Made By Hand - Curated by Martyn Thompson" - Here - New York, 2012
"theTREE - REFLECTION" - The Spectrum - New York, 2011
"theTREE - WET" - Charles Lahti Studio - New York, 2011
"theTREE - TREE" - Charles Lahti Studio - New York, 2011
"Master & Apprentice" - Charles Lahti Studio - New York, 2010
"Escape Artist" - Here - New York, 2010
"Desire" - New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery - New Orleans, 2009
"Cut/Break" - Stella Schnabel & Everard Findlay Benefit for SFOTE's Laventile Bus Project20 - New York, 2008
"Icon" - International Center of Photography Benefit Auctions - New York, 2006
"American Beauty" - International Center of Photography Benefit Auctions - New York, 2006
"Hope" - Benefit for the Dalai Lama hosted by Donna Karen. Stephen Weiss Studio - New York, 2006
"Eros" - International Center of Photography Benefit Auctions - New York, 2003
"Falling In Love at The Institute" - Dinosaur Designs - Sydney, 2013
"Plant Life" - Dinosaur Designs - Sydney, 2012
"Poppycock" - Helltown Workshop - Provincetown, 2009
"Poppycock" - Cool Gray Seven Fine Art - New York, 2008
"Existence" - Benefit for the Dalai Lama & The Norbulingka Institute - New York, 2003
"Inside Out" - Volvo Gallery - Sydney, 1999
"Content" - The Truman Brewery - Brick Lane, London, 1998
"Elsa Peretti in Sant Marti Vel" - Tiffany - London, 1996
"Elsa Peretti in Sant Marti Vel" - Tiffany - London, 1995