Galerie Clara Maria Sels


Exhibition at Galerie Clara Maria Sels, May 17 – July 5 – join us for the opening on Friday, May 17, 6PM at Poststr. 3. in Düsseldorf! This show is part of ‘duesseldorf photo+’

On assignment


Finally back to Africa soon – stay tuned!

Cascina Roma Fotografia


Current exhibition of my series “Children of War” about the important work of NGO Friedensdorf International at Cascina Roma Fotografia in San Donato Milanese, “Impegno Umanitario, Scatti di solidarietà”. Ongoing till June 2nd!

Gomma Grant


“053kids” is a finalist in the Black & White Category for the Gomma Grant 2023!

Copenhagen Photo Festival


I am absolutely thrilled to be a selectee for the Copenhagen Photo Festival, 6-16 June 2024! Many thanks to the entire organizing team, who worked with a lot of dedication and attention to detail! Check out the 15 selectees and see you in Denmark:

Print Donation for MSF


It is a great pleasure to participate in the initiative of my Italian friends from WSP photography to support Doctors Without Borders Italia with a print donation. From December 15th to 21st you can visit the exhibition in via Costanzo Cloro 58 in Rome and get beautiful prints from many esteemed colleagues. Fair prices for a good cause!


Finalist BCN-DH 2023


A really great honour at the end of the year that my work will be presented as a finalist of the International Human Rights Photo Festival in the streets of Barcelona. I am delighted to be shown alongside such great photographers and important subjects. My series will be on display at Jardins Villa Florida, on Carrer Reus, Sairrà-Sant Gervasi District, from 10 December to 2 January. Check out the 10 series if you have the chance to!

Envision Kindness Award


As a finalist in the “Envision Kindness” Award, one of my photos from the series ‘Children of war’ was published by der Spiegel.

This publication on World Children’s Day hopefully helps to draw more attention to the rights and protection of the most vulnerable in our world: children and young people.

Life Framer


More than happy that my portrait of Charlie also has been chosen by judge Martin Parr as a winner of the Life Framer Award “Humans of the World”.

A dark image full of contrast and destruction awaits the viewers gaze. The child stands in uncertainty as a symbol of youth and innocence within a burning and littered landscape. The viewer is left to question the boy’s reason for being there, and the fate that befalls him and his generation as they navigate an ever changing city. There are many themes woven into this image, from the many collected stories that a long term series like this affords the photographer. It’s a powerful single image. – LIFE FRAMER

Portrait of Britain


Delighted that my portrait of Charlie from the series “Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast” has been shortlisted and will appear in Portrait of Britain, Vol 6 by The British Journal of Photography.

Congrats to all on the shortlist! All portraits will be published in the sixth edition of the Portrait of Britain book, published by Bluecoat Press.

Guest in the podcast “Fotografie Neu Denken”


A nice surprise: on the day of my return from Northern Ireland #126 of the podcast “Fotografie Neu Denken” is online. Because in the conversation with Andy Scholz, the youth from Belfast and their influence on my work naturally also play a major role.

Back in Belfast


Will be back in Belfast from July 6. Get in touch for assignments!
Photo taken at Clonard, 2019 from my ongoing long-term project ‘Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast’.

The Glasgow Gallery of Photography


Two of my photos will be shown till end of June in the Glasgow Gallery of Photography. Check it out if you are in the city!

Document Scotland


A beautiful article of the Photography Collective ‘Document Scotland’ about my work on football in the country.

LensCulture Portrait Awards 2023


It is a great honour to see #053kids awarded as Jurors’ Pick at the LensCulture Portrait Awards.

Noelle Flores Théard, Senior Digital Photo Editor of “The New Yorker”, says “I appreciated Toby’s documentary approach to portraiture. His images conveyed an authenticity and honesty in German youth who are living in the margins. His compositions are varied and allow for the landscape to help tell the story. I get the sense that he spends a lot of time getting to know the people he photographs, and I feel that I somehow know them after seeing his photographs.”

Sony World Photo Awards


It’s a great honour to have my current long-term project about growing up in socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods characterised by migration and gang crime on the shortlist of one of the biggest photo competitions worldwide. #053kids is shortlisted in the portraiture category for the Sony World Photo Awards!

Shortlist Global Peace Award 2022


I am happy to be represented on the shortlist of the Global Peace Award once again.

Book Cover


Just walked into a book shop in Italy… Cover for the Italian edition of Atticus Lish’s “the war for gloria”.

BISS magazine


Cover story for BISS magazine. About volunteers who help incoming refugees from Ukraine in Munich. Thanks to Margit Roth (editor-in-chief), Daniela Wiesemann (graphics), Caroline von Eichhorn (text), @nastya.tru and Münchner Freiwillige – Wir helfen e.V.

Street Sans Frontières Paris 2022


Great News — My work will be exhibited as part of a group show in Paris at @galeriejoseph on May 27-28-29, 2022!

Exhibition Open to the public: May 27-28-29, 2022.

Galerie Joseph Le Palais
5 Rue Saint-Merri

Lensculture New York 2022


Great News — My work will be exhibited by LensCulture as part of a group show in NYC at @caelumgallery on May 20-21-22, 2022!

Exhibition Open to the public: May 20-21-22, 2022.
Reception Info > Eventbrite

Caelum Gallery
508 – 526 West 26th Street, Third Floor
New York, New York

Lower Block


If you love football & photography take a look at the Lower Block, where I show pictures of my Scotland series and was allowed to talk about my love for VfB and the admiration of the Bravehearts.

Publication New Statesman


Great to have one of my photos featured @newstatesman. In great company.

Wee Muckers, Kunstverein Schloß Ellwangen


Hey friends, I am very happy that the “Wee Muckers” will be shown as part of a group exhibition:

Invitation to the exhibition opening “Lebenswelt – vier Räume – acht fotografische Positionen” – Sunday, March 20, 2022, 11h – Kunstverein Schloß Ellwangen.

Hope to see you there!

People on the street, Märkisches Museum Witten


Hey friends, I am very happy to announce that “#053kids” will be shown as part of a group exhibition:

Invitation to the exhibition opening “People on the street” – Friday, March 11, 2022, 19h – Märkisches Museum Witten.

Hope to see you there!

UNICEF Photo of the Year


What a great end to the year 2021! It’s a big honor that my current long-term project #053kids is awarded by Unicef Photo of the Year. After 2017, I am again receiving an honorable mention in this most important award concerning the situation of children and young people worldwide. Thanks to UNICEF Deutschland, the jury and all my friends in Duisburg who make all this possible. Exhibitions and book to come in 2022. So stay tuned!

Humanitäre Lage in Afghanistan


Humanitäre Lage in Afghanistan spitzt sich zu:
Friedensdorf International hilft mit Lebensmitteln

Nach dem Rückzug der internationalen Gemeinschaft droht durch monatelange Dürre eine humanitäre Katastrophe. Mindestens die Hälfte der Menschen ist akut von Hunger bedroht. Meine Freunde vom Friedensdorf in Kooperation mit dem Afghanischen Roten Halbmond helfen in dieser Not. Noch im Dezember verteilt der Rote Halbmond in Kabul 2000 Pakete mit Grundnahrungsmitteln an besonders bedürftige Familien. Mit einem der 120-Kilo-Pakete kann sich eine Familie mindestens einen Monat lang ernähren. Ein Paket kostet 100 Euro, die Hilfsaktion wird komplett aus Spenden finanziert.

Bitte unterstützt diese wichtige Aktion, wenn Ihr könnt!

Stadtsparkasse Oberhausen
IBAN: DE59 3655 0000 0000 1024 00
Stichwort: Afghanistan

director legend Klaus Lemke


BISS Magazin


Reportage for the current issue of BISS: Martin is a vendor of the street magazine. How his dog helped him to get through the pandemic.

on assignment for Der Spiegel


Portrait of author Nathalie Stüben for Der Spiegel

Bar Tur Photo Awards


I’m happy about a commendation at the Bar Tur Photo Awards 2021 and to be exhibited alongside such great colleagues until September 3 at the Urban Banks Berlin. Check it out!

Hamburg Portfolio Review


I am very happy to be part of the Hamburg Portfolio Review 2021, including an exhibition together with the 100 selected photographers.


Workplace with a view


On assignmet for Strabag foresite innovation magazine on the S21 construction site

Interview by the Chilean magazine Joia!


All Spanish-speaking friends will find here a nice interview I was allowed to give to the Chilean magazine Joia.



Long-term project on teenagers in socially deprived neighbourhoods before, during and after lockdown. More to come, stay tuned!



I am very concerned about the current developments in Myanmar, a country I visited in 2017 and experienced the great curiosity and openness of the people – after decades of isolation. Let’s hope that the road will not lead them back to those times.

Upcoming shows this autumn


We are happy that “Wee Muckers” is part of Trieste Photo Days from October 17 to November 8 and OFF Festival Bratislava from November 6 to 20 and will be shown there.

Come by! For detailed information please visit the websites of Urban Photo Book Awards and OFF Bratislava.

Due to the current situation book signings are unfortunately only announced shortly before the date.

LensCulture Street Photography Awards – 2nd place!


Fantastic news – “Wee Muckers” take 2nd place in the prestigious Street Photography Awards by LensCulture. Congrats to all the winners & check out the great work!

Faces Of Photography


My friends of fotogloria included me in their series #facesofphotography asking photographers about their work and lives during these challenging times.

time to stay at home


It’s time to stay at home and get something good to read. Otherwise you’ll end up with “The Sun”… There is still a small number of the first edition of “Wee Muckers” available. All signed and numbered:

Munich Lockdown Day 2


I have begun to document life in these unusual times in Munich. Keep up to date with my current photos on facebook!

Instagram Residency “Belfast Photo Festival”


Hey guys, I took over the Instagram account of Belfast Photo Festival this week. You can follow me there until Sunday.

2nd Prize Gomma Photography Grant


Just received the great news that I have been awarded 2nd Prize for my Wee Muckers Series from The Gomma Photography Grant. Congrats to all the winners in the different categories!

Life Framer Award


Already for the third time one of my photos was awarded at the renowned Life-Framer Award. This time in the category “Streetlife“, selected by the jury member Bruce Gilden! I took the photo of Chloe and Ethan kissing on a rooftop in Liverpool in 2017.

Felix Schoeller Photo Award – Gold Winner 2019


I am very happy and proud to be chosen “Best of Show” Gold Award Winner by the Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2019. Congrats to all the other category winners, nominees and winner of the German Peace Award of Photography!

There is a beautifully presented exhibition at the Museumsquartier Osnabrück, if you have the chance, then take a look!

Book presentation and talk, Hamburg


Freunde der Fotografie” will present “Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast” and previous work from the UK with screenings and an artist talk.

Hamburg friends, come by and say Hi!

Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Thursday, October 17, 6 pm
Haus der Photographie, Auditorium

Life Framer Award


Delighted that my photo from the series Friedensdorf International was selected as first prize winner in the open call of the Life Framer Award. Grateful even more about the trust I received by the wonderful girl Sonita and the team of Friedensdorf for letting me follow the medical treatment of injured children from their arrival in Germany until they return to their families in Afghanistan.

Photoville and ZEKE Award


I’ll be in town for Photoville and the Award Reception of the ZEKE Award for Documentary Photography. Saturday, September 14, 5–7 pm at the Powerhouse Arena, 28 Adam Street, Brooklyn, NY
„Wee Muckers“ will be shown at Photoville, September 12–22, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY. Including book signing.
Both the Exhibition and Award Reception are free and open to the public. Come by and say Hi!

Portrait of Britain


It was lovely to hear that two of my photos from “Wee Muckers” have been shortlisted at the “Portrait of Britain” by @BJPhoto. Both photos will be included in the 2nd Portrait of Britain Book, published by Hoxton Mini Press.

First Place of Social Documentary Network Award


I am very honored that “Youth of Belfast” was awarded First Place of the ZEKE Award by Social Documentary Network. The project will be exhibited in the SDN/ZEKE exhibition at Photoville, September 12-22, in Brooklyn and will also be featured in the fall issue of ZEKE magazine.

“Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2019”


Wee Muckers is on the shortlist of “Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2019”. Thanks to Stiftung Buchkunst and congrats to the winners!

Belfast Photo Festival


Wee Muckers are coming home! I am glad that “Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast” has been selected at the Open Submission and will be shown at Belfast Photo Festival 2019 at St. Annes Square. Starting June 6th. There will be a book signing at gallery Artcetera, Rosemary Street on June 7th, 7pm – come by and say Hi!

Review of “Wee Muckers” at ZEKE magazine


“Wee Muckers” had a great review by Jenna Mulhall-Brereton at ZEKE magazine, the magazine of global documentary. Thank you GlennRuga and BarbaraAyotte!

Photo London 2019


I will be at Photo London with “Wee Muckers” for a book signing on Friday, May 17th, 4PM at the Kehrer booth! Come by and say hi!

Sony World Photography Awards


The Sony World Photography Awards 2019 shortlist has been revealed and “Wee Muckers” are in – brief category “Identity”, professional competition! To be selected the second time after 2017 in this prestigious Award is great news.

“Wee Muckers” on Washington Post


Washington Post is showing a large edit of photos from my book “Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast” on their website. Check it out!

“Wee Muckers” at the Guardian


The Guardian is showing a large edit of photos from my book “Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast” on their website. Check it out!

“Wee Muckers” at German TV programme “ttt”


On Sunday, March 10th, 11pm there will be a short report about my book “Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast” on German TV programme “ttt – titel, thesen, temperamente“, ARD.

“Wee Muckers” book release, talks, exhibition and events


March 10th, 11 pm – German TV programme “ttt“, ARD
March 12th, 7 pm – book presentation at the German-British Society, Munich
April 04th, 7 pm – talk and exhibition at Centre “Karl der Grosse”, Zurich
April 15th, 8 pm – book presentation and live music at the Irish Folk Club, Munich

Cover story for Chrismon from Northern Ireland


Cover story for Chrismon magazine about chances and difficulties of reconciliation in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland – 31 years after an IRA bomb attack. With a deep and balanced text by Michael Güthlein.

Interview on “World Photography Organisation”


There is a nice article with a short interview about my project “Youth of Belfast” on World Photography Organisation – check it out!

Portrait of Humanity


The Guardian has selected my photo of Stella from the series “Child Witches of Nigeria” as a favourite entry for the “Portrait of Humanity”

Philip-Jones-Griffiths-Award 2018


I’m very honoured to receive the 2nd place of the Philip-Jones-Griffiths-Award 2018. Many thanks to the PJG Foundation and the jurors.

“Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast”​ goes live on Kickstarter soon


My long-term project about daily life of teenagers in Belfast, between Peace Agreement and Brexit will be published in February 2018 by Kehrer. To make this 120 page hard-cover book actually come to life, we need your support. You can order your personal copy and original prints on Kickstarter from November 5th on. Look out for news on Kickstarter, my website and facebook. Spread the word. Help to make it happen. Thank you!

“If I had been born at the top of my street, behind the corrugated-iron border, I would have been British. Incredible to think. My whole idea of myself, the attachments made to a culture, heritage, religion, nationalism and politics are all an accident of birth. I was one street away from being born my ‘enemy’“. Belfast-born writer and author of the awarded novel “The Good Son” Paul McVeigh has written the introduction for the book.

Social Documentary Network Anniversary Exhibition


My photo “Strength, Respect, Loyalty” which is part of the series “Youth of Belfast” will be shown at the Bronx Documentary Center during the SDN 10th Anniversary Exhibition on October 27th, 7-10pm. Event is free and open to public, come by and join us! RSVP required.

In the US till October 31st


For assignments contact +49.160.92371505 or fotogloria.

In New York from September 15th on


For assignments contact +49.160.92371505 or fotogloria.

Back at Friedensdorf International


Back on assignment at “Friedensdorf International” and their Afghanistan mission. Each time touching to see these brave and proud kids! More to come soon.

The kiss on “die Zeit”


My photo “the kiss”, taken a while ago at West Village, NY was published on this weeks issue of “die Zeit”.

Alfred Fried Photography Award


This year’s shortlist nomination at the Alfred Fried Photography Award means my personal hattrick in this Award after being part of it already in 2014 and 2016!

Lugano Photo Days


My long-term project about the Youth of Northern Ireland is among the finalists of Lugano Photo Days.

I am very happy about this news that reaches me just in the moment that I am back to Belfast to keep on working on this series!

“Themmuns – Youth in Northern Ireland” on shortlist for the ZEISS Photo Award 2018


My part of “Themmuns”, our collaborative project about youth in Northern Ireland after UK’s Brexit decision is on the shortlist for the ZEISS Photography Award. It will be shown at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from April 20th – May 6th. Come by if you have the chance to!

Bird In Flight 


Nice publication on Russian “Bird In Flight” magazine about ten of my favourite photos, unfortunately only in Russian! журнал “Bird in Flight” с приятным отчетом о моей работе – к сожалению, пока только на русском!

New Talent Award


2nd Place at “Profi Foto New Talent Award” gives me the chance to continue the project “Youth of the UK”.

“Youth of the UK” at Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2018


Parts of my series “Youth of the UK” will be shown at Duesseldorf Photo Weekend on February 16th, 2018 as part of the exhibition “Neighbourhood” that is also showing work by Matt Hulse, Giya Makondo-Wills, Lucia Tollens and Adriano Vannini. Opening at WP5 Raum Rudolph, Worringer Platz, 6pm. Hope to see you there!

Continuing my series “Youth of the UK”


Continuing my series “Youth of the UK” with the current project ›Youth in Northern Ireland‹. End of August heading up to Liverpool.

Juan Martín Guevara


My portrait of Juan Martín Guevara has been published at Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin.

HIPA Award Winner


Award-ceremony of the HIPA-Awards at the opera house of Dubai. I’m very glad about the 2nd place in the general black & white category.

Shortlist of Nannen-Preis


It’s a big honour to be again on the shortlist of the Nannen-Preis with my story about the work of Friedensdorf International, published at VICE.

Shortlist of the Sony World Photography Awards


I’m very happy to be shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards 2017 at the “Daily Life” category with my series “Youth of the UK”.

Publication at Lufthansa Exclusive


Documentary about the first tea plantations in Scotland producing one of the most expensive teas in the world.

Publication at BISS


Documentary about football culture in Munich focusing on TSV 1860 and FC Bayern supporters.

Back to Buenos Aires


My phone here is +54.911.33430282.

Exhibition “Luis Valtueña Award”, Madrid


My work about Friedensdorf International will be shown at the CentroCentro Cibeles de Cultura y Ciudadanía de Madrid (Plaza Cibeles 1) from January 24 till March 5.

VG Bild-Kunst grant


Together with Jens Schwarz we just received the VG Bild-Kunst grant which will enable us to futher a collaborative project on Brexit-related social disruptions in the UK.

Phone number in Myanmar


During my stay in Myanmar you can contact me via email or at 0095.9768518983.

Finalist “Premio Luis Valtueña”


I feel very honoured to be among the finalists of the “Luis-Valtueña”-Award by Médicos del Mundo Spain for Humanitarian Photography.

Publication at “VICE” magazine


With my long term project about Friedensdorf International.

On the road again – trips to Myanmar and South America


I will travel to Myanmar January 1st – January 20th and to Argentina January  24th – March 14th.


For assignments please send an email or get in touch with my agency.

2nd Prize at Life Framer Award “six continents”


“Going into this judging I did hold hope of there being images representing migration into Europe. Toby has focused his particular efforts on docu­menting sick and wounded children brought to Germany by the NGO Peace Village International for specialist medical treatment not available in their country of origin. This image has haunting quality to it… the child appears to demonstrate both vulnerability – with his medical wrist tag, small stature, and the way he is holding onto the NGO staff member’s hand – but at the same time his eyes seem to show an expression of a child who has seen and experienced things that have forced him to deal with the tough and often brutal realities of the world in which he lives, and grow up fast. The photographer has used light, contrast and reflection very effec­tively in the image, and the composition means that the viewer’s attention to directed almost exclusively to the boy’s face and the hand holding.”

– Patrick di Nola

in New York until October 15th


For assignments contact +49.160.92371505 or fotogloria.

Gold medal for Rafaela!


Judoka Rafaela Silva made it and won the first gold medal for Brazil in the Olympics 2016! Congrats Rafaela! Well deserved!

Medienpreis der Kindernothilfe


I’m very happy to be nominated for the Media Award of child rights organisation “Kindernothilfe”.



Our reportage about two sisters from Rio who made it from the favelas to the upcoming Olympics.

Alfred-Fried-Award 2016


Very happy to be again on the shortlist of the Alfred-Fried-Award!

Publication at “Max Joseph” Magazine


A picture of my series about arriving refugees in Munich in the new issue of Max Joseph magazine.

Publication at “Brigitte” magazine


Our documentary about the impact of the use of glyphosate in Argentina.

Independence day in Eritrea


On May 24th Eritrea is celebrating 25 years of independence from Ethiopia.
Thinking of all my Eritrean friends and their families. Asmara, 2014

Libertad a Milagro Sala


“Libertad a Milagro Sala!”, San Salvador de Jujuy, January 2016

publication at “Stern” magazine


My series about child labour in Bolivia has been published at “Stern”.

Publication at “brand eins” magazine


My series from Megyer, Hungary at “brand eins”.

Refugees arriving at Munich


During September thousands of refugees arrive at Munich Central station. Volunteers are providing clothes and food for the new arrivals.

Cover photo for “Amnesty Magazine”


One of my photos about LGBTI in Cameroon as Cover for “Amnesty Magazine” Switzerland.

Friedensdorf International


I had another wonderful day at Friedensdorf International and could witness the arrival of children from Angola. If you wish to support their great work, please donate at:

Participation at the exhibition “Changing Realities” in Berlin and Hamburg


First images of the exhibit and the opening last Saturday! Changing Realities is designed for the presentation in the public arena. On billboards – altars of western consumer society – the selected photographic positions create a surprising “art” space. It is thus not only an exhibition, but also an intervention in public space. I’m shown there with my series “Friedensdorf” and “conflict-free mining in Eastern Congo”: Changing Realities – Images of a World in Transition

Publication at Swiss magazine “Das Magazin”


My series about child labour in Bolivia now on “Das Magazin”, N°23:

Horizonte Zingst


My work about conflict-free mining in Eastern Congo has been shown at the photo festival “Horizonte Zingst”.

Publication at “der Spiegel” magazine


One of my photos from Bottom Hospital/Malawi in “Der Spiegel”.

Publication at “Nido” magazine


In today’s issue of “Nido”: portraits from my series about child labour in Bolivia:

Travelling to Patagonia


Travelling to one of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever been to.

Publication at “FIFA weekly” magazine


FIFA weekly magazine with parts of my series about 5-a-side pitches in Buenos Aires.

Potosi, Bolivia


Travelling to the Silver mines of Potosí for a story about child labour in Bolivia.

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