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Polly Tootal has lived and worked in London since graduating from the University of Brighton in 2001, having studied Editorial Photography under Magnum photographer Mark Power. Since 2000 Tootal’s topographic project Somewhere in England has taken her travelling to undisclosed anonymous landscapes, shooting mainly at dawn or twilight, so that these public spaces devoid of people appear otherworldly. Using a medium–format Arca Swiss camera allows for large highly detailed images that emphasise architectural structure and the lay of the land – an approach influenced by the work of Bernd & Hilla Becher and Lewis Batlz. Tootal’s work has won numerous awards including the Prix Du Public Ville D’Hyeres Photographie 2015 and The Association of Photographers Award – Landscape Series 2010. Her commissions include the Southbank Centre & Hayward Touring Exhibition London – her work being exhibited alongside that of Walker Evans – print features in GUP and LVMH, and in 2015 Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco for Madame Figaro magazine. Tootal has held solo and group exhibitions at galleries and cultural institutions in London, San Diego, and notably at the Palazzo Rialto in the Venice Architectural Biennale 2014. Her work graces private collections in the USA, Europe, and the UK.Locked Pro Plan feature
Polly won the public award at the Hyeres Photography Festival, Villa Noailes - France in 2015