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The Outlanders · Martyn Thompson

TDF Films

Lucy Feagins
Thursday 24th September 2015

We’re sad to say farewell to The Outlanders today, our film series featuring Australian creatives living and working abroad.

We’re closing the series with a truly unique Australian creative, who has called New York home for over 15 years.  Photographer and designer Martyn Thompson first left Sydney in the 1980’s, and after some time spent in Europe, he settled in New York in 1999. His  prolific creative output and distinctive aesthetic has since paved the way for a truly remarkable career, working with great international designers such as Ilse Crawford, and for brands including Hermes, Tiffany & Co. and Ralph Lauren.

Martyn is revered in his industry, and I must say, I was a little starstruck meeting him for the first time!  BUT, as I hope we convey in this film, as it turns out, Martyn is the most unaffected ‘famous’ photographer we’ve ever met! He is  relaxed, genuinely charming, and disarmingly easy to chat to. Though his photographs are tinged with melancholy, in person, Mr Thompson is also decidedly cheerful!

In this film we spend time with Martyn at his Manhattan loft and studio, and follow him through the streets of SoHo, where he can often be spotted riding his bright red pushbike through those iconic wide cobbled streets!

‘I came to New York for the first time in 1982. I discovered many things whilst I was here, but one of them was ambition.’ – Martyn Thompson.

The Outlanders film series is proudly supported by Pop over to the Expedia blog today to check out team TDF’s Manhattan bucket list!

Incredible textiles and soft furnishings by Martyn Thompson in his SoHo studio. Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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