Martin Weinhold

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Studied 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 working as a cameraman for various German tv channels before he fully commited his life to photography. He is an experienced lecturer and instructor for photography and visual media. As a professional photographer his main expertise is in the fields of portrait, product still-life and documentations for industrial companies. Weinhold is also working as a text author.

Artistically Weinhold has dedicated his life to documentary photography. His focus is particularly on social documentaries and on the contextualized portrait.

Profession, Art and Work


  • Dix and the Present, participation in an exhibition about painter Otto Dix with portraits
      from the WorkSpace Project, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
  • • 2nd production tour for the project Work-Life in Canada through Saskatchewan,
      collaboration with University of Alberta and York University
  • • Complementing photography for the WorkSpace project in La Ronge and Saskatoon
  • Image, Document, Memory: Photographs from Canada, 24 works in group exhibition,
      curated by Don Snyder, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China


  • • Master Class Documentary Concepts, The SPAO: Photographic Arts Centre, Ottawa
  • • Personal darkroom workshop with legendary expert Wolfgang Moersch in Cologne
  • • Honorary award of the German-Canadian Society (Deutsch Kanadische Gesellschaft, DKG)
  • • Oeuvre presentation in Berlin showcasing more than 30 years of Weinhold photography


      • • Book publication Mutprobe und Gottvertrauen (Test of Courage and Faith in God), portraits and life stories of
          protestant school founders in Germany, photography and text author
      • • Artist-in-Residence at the department of Applied and Molecular Microbiology, Technische Universität Berlin,
          concept and creation of the short film Spacetime about the frame of human existence
      • • The Graphic Seduction of Industrial Areas, 4x5 format field camera work in the port of Hamburg
      • • Launch of the project Work-Life in Canada: Portraits of continuity and change
          in the meaning of work, collaboration with University of Alberta, Prof. Sara Dorow
      • • Complementing photography for the WorkSpace project in Nanton and Fort McMurray (Alberta)
      • • Composition of 10 panels with WorkSpace Canada photographs for the Memory of Mankind
           long-term storage (up to 1 million years) in an Austrian salt mine


      • • Lectureship at the Free University Berlin, John-F-Kennedy Institute for North American Studies,
      •    teaching Visual Sociology in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Harald Wenzel
      • • Publication of a photo book about people with Parkinson's disease,
      •    joined project with the Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (2017-2020)
      • • Design, text and photography for the catalogue Artomics of the artist V. meer


      • • Honorary guest and presentation at the international Hannah Arendt Conference in Edmonton, Canada
      • • Exhibition at the University of Alberta - Canada at Work: Faces and Workspaces from the Prairies


      • • 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
      • • Guest lectureship at the Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, Edmonton
      • • Lectures for various courses at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto
      • • Official inauguration of the permanent exhibition Face to Face with Canada - A Nation at Work, 
           German Embassy, Ottawa
      • • Participating in the group show Work/Shift, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, curator: Sarah Saunders
      • • Participating in the group show Supernova, Berlin
      • • Continued photography for the WorkSpace Canada Project in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario


      • • Publication of the photo book In Canadian Workspaces, with an introductory essay by Don Snyder;
      •    edition and support by STIFTUNG PHOTOGRAPHIE schwarzweiß
      • • Exhibition in Toronto on occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary, in collaboration with
           Ryerson Artspace and the Documentary Media Research Centre
      • • Participating in the spring break exhibition at the Cultural Centre Adlershof (Berlin)


      • Canada, Portrait of a Young Nation, public presentation and exhibit at the URANIA lecture centre Berlin
      • • Six-month work stay for WorkSpace in Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Maritimes
      • • Collaboration with the Royal Canadian Navy for WorkSpace during the NATO exercise Cutlass Fury
      • • Library and Archives Canada acquires a collection of 100 WorkSpace Canada gelatin silver prints;
          selection curated by Joanne Rycaj Guillemette


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


      • • Participating in the Prairie Light Photography Festival with the show WorkSpace Saskatchewan,
           Godfrey Dean Art Gallery, Yorkton, Saskatchewan
      • WorkSpace Canada, Portrait of a Country, public lecture and presentation, University of Saskatchewan
      • Fine art printing course for the department of Art and Art History at the University of Saskatchewan
      • • Fall and winter production for WorkSpace in Prince Edward Island, Ontario and Saskatchewan


      • Development of a photography department and curriculum for the Design School 2.0 in Leipzig, Germany;
           working there as an instructor and department coordinator (2013-2019)
      • Lecture about the WorkSpace project at the Institute of Philosophy and Aesthetics,
           University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe
      • • WorkSpace - A Visual Study inspired by Hannah Arendt, public presentation at the University of Saskatchewan
      • Master class for the MFA Program Documentary Media, Ryerson University, Toronto
      • • Extensive work stay for WorkSpace in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario


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


      • Exhibition WorkSpace Canada at the John-F.-Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies, Berlin
      • • Publication of a WorkSpace Canada book with essays by Mark Kingwell (UofT) and Prof. Harald Wenzel (FU Berlin)
      • Artist in residence with the Goethe Institute Toronto and Ryerson University
      • Lectureships for the Photography and Documentary Media program at the School of Image Arts, Toronto
      • Comprehensive WorkSpace Canada exhibition and multimedia show, I.M.A. Gallery on Spadina, Toronto
      • • Panelist at the public symposium The Depiction of Labour accompanying the WorkSpace exhibition in Toronto,
           with i.a. philosopher Mark Kingwell and Prof. Blake Fitzpatrick
      • Exhibition Cursus Rerum in Montréal, commissioned work about visual traces of the past in urban areas
      • Guest lecture at Trent University, Peterborough (Canada) about the visual preservation of memory
      • • Six-month work stay in Canada with intensive production for WorkSpace 
           in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta und British Columbia


      • • Lectureship and project advisor for MFA program Documentary Media, Ryerson University, Toronto
      • • Multimedia lecture series (York / Ryerson University), comparing analysis of East-German 
           documentaries and feature films
      • • Acquisition of 15 gelatin silver prints from the 2004 artist project for the collection of Berlinische Galerie
      •    (Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture, Berlin)
      • Project photography for WorkSpace Canada in Labrador, Ontario, Québec and Saskatchewan


      • • Extensive work stay for WorkSpace in Newfoundland, Ontario and Québec
      • • Exhibition at the gallery ARTKUNSTRAUM in Berlin
      • • Resuming photography lectureship at the advanced technical college in Germany


      • • Acquisition of 12 gelatin silver prints from the WorkSpace collection through Library and Archives Canada
      • • Lectureships for the MFA Program Documentary Media at Ryerson University, Toronto
      • • Participating in the joint exhibition l'istesso tempo with Polish and German artists, galerie bild plus, Berlin
      • • Spring and fall work stay in Canada for WorkSpace


      • • Participation in the international photography exhibition WORK-CULTURE-WORK in Berlin
      • • Photography with Jesse Boles for the feature exhibition WorkSpace at the Toronto CONTACT Photography Festival;
      •    commissioned by the Goethe-Institute Toronto, curated by Doina Popescu
      • • Guest lecture at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto
      • • Continuation of the WorkSpace idea and launch of the actual WorkSpace Canada Project
           with continued photography in Ontario and Alberta

2002 until 2006

      • • Launch of the long-term photo documentary WorkSpace in the fall of 2006
      • • One-year work residence in Canada, (2006-2007)
      • • Solo exhibition about the Berlin artists project, accompanied by the publication of a photo-text book (2004)
      • • Social documentary with environmental portraits of painters/sculptors in Berlin (2001until 2004)
      • • Portrait project with grade 10 students on the subject of self-expression (2002/2003)
      • • Development of a photography department and curriculum for an advanced technical college
      •    in Schwerin, Germany; teaching there from 2002-2014
      • • Photography about indigenous coffee growers in the highlands of Oaxaca (México)
           for the Fair Trade company GEPA (2002)

1990 until 2008

    • • Camera-assistant and cameraman for the German TV channels SAT.1, Pro7 und N24
    • • Repeated work stays as camera-assistant in the Soviet Union / Russia (1992 until 1993)

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