Martin Middlebrook originally trained as a wildlife artist before commencing a career as a commercial photographer, eventually turning to photojournalism full time. 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 worked on 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.
In 2014 Martin travelled to the Omo Valley in Ethiopia crafting a portfolio of portraits of the famous tribes that live in the ‘seat of humanity’. He once again received an Honourable Mention at the 2015 International Photography Awards.
In 2016 Martin worked with Stop Ivory creating an exhibition and book for the CITES (CoP17). His images from this project have been published widely around the world.
Martin has just finished directing a documentary for Arte TV, a reportage that will be broadcast in November 2017.
“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.​​​​​​​
"Martin Middlebrook worked with Stop Ivory on a photographic assignment in Northern Kenya to capture the beauty and challenges of protecting Africa's Elephant.
Martin’s images have been extraordinary in helping to portray the vital role we all have to play to ensure Elephant live and thrive beyond our generation. The past three years have seen a transformational change across the world on how we all perceive elephant with a recognition that  buying ivory kills Elephant. Martin's images have played a subtle but vitally important role in influencing this change."
Ian Craig, OBE - Chairman, Northern Rangelands Trust and trustee of Stop Ivory
Martin presently lives in Paris. He can be contacted at:
Tel: +33 (0) 6 69 74 22 96
© Image courtesy David Belluz
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