About Martin Weinhold

Studied at the University of the Arts in Berlin Strategic Communication and Planning. Wrote a thesis about portrait photography, examining among other things the relation between forced portraits (such as passport photographs) compared to artistic portrait photography. Long lasting occupation as a cameraman for television as well as for independent artistic and scientific TV productions. Photographed artists in the Southeast of Berlin in a long-term project, which was published in a book with the title "Künstler-Köpfe-Ateliers“ ("Artists' Heads Studios"). Longtime teaching experience as a lecturer and instructor, e.g. at University of the Arts Berlin, Ryerson University Toronto as well as at the Design-Schule 2.0 Leipzig and Schwerin, where he is the head of the photography department.

Exhibitions / Projects

  • 2002 - commissioned photography project for the German Fair Trade company "gepa" in southern Mexico, federal state Oaxaca, about indigenous coffee farmers and organic coffee
  • since 2002 - established the photography department at the Grafik+Design-Schule (an advanced technical school) in the city of Schwerin (provincial capital of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania), and working as lecturer and coordinator in the photography department since then
  • 2002 / 2003 - photographic portrait project with 25 Berlin grade 10 students about self-expression
  • 2001 - 2004 - photographic portrait project in Berlin about painters and sculptors. Exhibition in Berlin (curator: Dorit Bearach) and publication of the book "Künstler-Köpfe-Ateliers" (Artists-Heads-Studios) by TENEA Press Berlin
  • 2005 - portrait project with Canadian composers and musicians in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver, focusing on artists in contemporary music
  • 2006 - beginning of an extensive documentary portrait project about the world of work ("WorkSpace"), first in Germany, later solely in Canada
  • 2006 / 2007 - one-year work residence in Canada


  • Participation in the international photography exhibition "WORK - CULTURE - WORK" in Berlin, Germany
    curator: Liz Crossley
  • "WorkSpace" - exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Toronto (in conjunction with Canadian photographer Jesse Boles); Feature Exhibition at the Contact Photography Festival, curator: Doina Popescu
  • Guest lecture and exhibition at Ryerson University, Toronto, presenting a collection from the "WorkSpace" project


  • Group exhibition "listesso tempo" with graphic artists from Germany and Poland, "galerie bild plus" Berlin
    curator: Eva Fiedrowicz
  • Continuation of the "WorkSpace" project in Ontario and Québec
  • Lecturer/instructor for the Master Program "Documentary Media", School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto
  • Library and Archives Canada / the National Portrait Gallery acquires a series of 12 silvergelatine prints from the "WorkSpace Canada" collection


  • Further extension of "WorkSpace Canada" in Newfoundland, Ontario and Québec
  • Exhibition featuring landscape studies from the Canadian provinces Alberta and Saskatchewan, ARTKUNSTRAUM gallery, Berlin
  • Continuation of photography lectureship at Design-Schule Schwerin


  • Lecturer and project advisor for the Master Program Documentary Media at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto
  • Multimedia lecture “Between Fiction and Documentary: Pictures from a Disappeared Country” - comparing East-German documentaries produced prior to the Fall of the Berlin Wall with current film portrayals of East Germany; lecture assigned for the joint York-/Ryerson-University Communication and Culture program, Toronto
  • Continued photography for "WorkSpace Canada" in the Canadian provinces of Labrador, Ontario, Québec and Saskatchewan
  • Acquisition of 15 gelatin silver prints from the Berlin artists' project ("Artists-Heads-Studios") through "Berlinische Galerie" - 
State Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture, Berlin


  • Exhibition "WorkSpace Canada" at the John-F.-Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies in Berlin and accompanying lecture "Work as a Cosmoplastic Activity" by Oliver Bruns, Hannah Arendt-Centre, Oldenburg
  • JFKI publication of a "WorkSpace Canada" book as "Visual Explorations in North American Studies # 01" with essays by Canadian philosopher Mark Kingwell (University of Toronto) and Prof. Harald Wenzel (Free University Berlin)
  • Lecture and workshop on the subject of "Visual Studies as a Means of Art and Sociology", John-F.-Kennedy-Institute of the Free University, Berlin
  • Continued photography for "WorkSpace Canada" - extensive production travel in the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia
  • Release of the book "People at Freudenberg", a commissioned long-term documentary for Freudenberg Sealing Technologies GmbH & Co. KG, Weinheim, Germany
  • Guest of the Ryerson-Goethe Photo Residency in Toronto with "WorkSpace Canada", (Ryerson University and Goethe Institut Toronto), installationm "The Face of Culture" - Portraits of Culture Workers, curator: Jutta Brendemühl
  • Comprehensive exhibition about "WorkSpace Canada", I.M.A. Gallery, Toronto; curator: Don Snyder
  • Public symposium “The Depiction of Labour” in Toronto, accompanying the “WorkSpace Canada” exhibition; further panelists: Prof. Mark Kingwell (University of Toronto), Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge; joint event of the Goethe Institut Toronto and the Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University
  • Guest lectureship at the “School of Image Arts”, Ryerson University Toronto, for the Undergraduate Program "Photography Studies" and for the Master Program "Documentary Media"
  • Exhibition "Cursus Rerum" (Le Projet Chartier-Weinhold) in Montréal, Québec, a commissioned photographic documentary on the subject of the preservation of personal memory in urban spaces
  • Guest lecture "Opportunities and Limits of Memory Preservation through Media" at the Cultural Studies Program, Trent University, Peterborough (Canada) about the historic case of East-Germany’s disappearance


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


  • Established the photography department at the Design Schule 2.0 in Leipzig, Saxony, and working as instructor and coordinator of the photography department since
  • "Workspace - a Photographic Documentary about Man and Work in the 21st Century“, lecture at the invitation of the Institute of Philosophy and Aesthetics, University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe
  • Continued photography for "WorkSpace Canada" in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario
  • Public lecture and presentation at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon about documenting the world of work; in collaboration with the Gordon Snelgrove Art Gallery
  • Master Class at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto, faculty of Documentary Media


  • "WorkSpace Saskatchewan" - Exhibition as part of the Prairie Light Photography Festival, Godfrey Dean Art Gallery, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, curator: Donald Stein
    Public lecture about WorkSpace Canada as a portrait of nation, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, in collaboration with the Gordon Snelgrove Art Gallery
    Guest lectureship at the Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan, Fine Art Printing and Documentary Photography
    Continued photography for "WorkSpace Canada" in Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Ontario