"Philosophy - people are better than we allow, we should represent humanity more honestly in our images. We have the gift within our hands to produce images that lend a weight of assistance. This is what I try to do."
Martin Middlebrook originally trained as a wildlife artist before commencing a career as a commercial photographer, eventually turning to photojournalism fulltime. In 2010 Martin was commissioned by the Government of Afghanistan to produce a photo essay for the Kabul International Conference, a series of images that went on to exhibit at the British Museum in London in 2011. Martin has also written over 80 articles for many of the UK’s leading photography magazines, including being lead columnist for Professional Photographer Magazine.
Martin’s work from Afghanistan has exhibited at the Foto 8 Summer exhibition, and been awarded Honourable Mentions at the International Photography Awards (‘Editorial – War/Conflict’ and ‘A Deeper Perspective’ category). He was a recent winner in the inaugural ‘The Other Hundred’ humanitarian photography competition.
His work from Afghanistan has also been featured on renowned Franco/German TV channel ‘Arte TV’, for it’s 10 part series on this war torn country.
He has recently returned from assignment in Nepal documenting the plight of Bhutanese refugees for a five-part TV series, again for Arte. As part of the assignment Arte broadcast a documentary about Martin, his thoughts on photography and his working processes.
“I have been working with Martin for a while and I always come to the same conclusion: beside that fact that he is a remarkable photographer, his mind is totally receptive to his environment. Not only does he capture the moment, but he also takes time to give it concrete meaning. Be it in the preparation of his work or in the field he always goes to the heart of the matter.
In his work emotion is neither fake nor a ‘one-size-fits-all’ tool. Behind the photograph, there is always a story of men and women that Martin seizes perfectly. To sum it up, he has all the qualities that are the trademark of great witnesses.”
Philippe Brachet – Editor in Chief for Arte Reportage.
In 2014 Martin travelled to the Omo Valley in Ethiopia crafting a unique portfolio of portraits of the famous tribes that live in the ‘seat of humanity’. The work he created will exhibit in Paris in September 2015.
Martin is presently working with Stop Ivory creating an exhibition and book for the CITES (CoP17) to be launched in Johannesburg in September 2016.
He presently lives in Paris.
Tel: +33 (0) 6 69 74 22 96