Documentary photographer Tom Martin works primarily in sub-Saharan Africa.
After training as a fine artist at Central Saint Martins Tom moved to Rwanda to document sites of genocide.
In 2006 Tom was imprisoned in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Brief as it was, during his incarceration he experienced some of the extreme fear and isolation felt by both prisoners and the general population of the DRC.
Since this incident Tom has been driven to document these dark places, some of the most appalling environments known to humankind
Tom now undertakes commissions for organisations including the EU and UN. He provides images for tourism marketing and travel magazines. He also files pictures for Associated Press and the European Press Photographers’ Association.
This exhibition brings together images from Tom’s EU work, documenting a diverse range of projects in east and centralAfrica. The EU is quietly supporting the development of the region, from road-building to good governance.
Prisons, police, judges, soldiers and a rural population caught up in a rapidly changing society – these images find human stories behind the momentous transformation of developing countries.