My passion is capturing real life as it happens.
"My artistic path began the day I inherited my father's Minolta camera in 1990. From that point on, I have indulged an obsession with documenting reality. I feel that photography should hint at a story, or contain an air of mystery."
Martin's career spans twenty-five years as Chief Photographer and Director of Photography with PBS, Photojournalist with ABC, CBS, and NBC News, Commercial Photographer, and Fine Art Photographer. As a Director of Photography on over forty documentaries with PBS, Martin has won three EMMY AWARDS, gathering fifteen nominations.
Martin's photojournalistic background results in intimate and personal images; a style that allows him to adapt to any environment, formal or informal. With an emphasis on spontaneity, and the immersion of his camera within an event, creating memorable images while preserving a scene's natural setting is Martin's primary focus.
"My goal is to create vibrant, energetic fine art photographs that are as unique as the people and places in the photographs."
Gallery Shows and Awards
"Exploring the Region", Martin's most recent solo show, ran in midtown Sacramento's prestigious Tim Collom Gallery in November, 2015.
His August 2014 show 'Doors of Sacramento', a three-year search for Sacramento's hidden commercial doorways, debuted in August 2014 during Second Saturday at East Sacramento's Archival Gallery. This memorable and popular collection appeared on News10 Mornings, and was also featured by Sacramento Press, KFBK, and the Sacramento Bee. A solo show followed in March 2015 at Jimmy's Barber Garage in Midtown Sacramento, which was called one of "Five to Watch" by Tube Magazine.
Also in 2014, Martin won the Grand Prize in Comstock Magazine's Experience Architecture photo contest. In 2015, Martin earned an Honorable Mention award from Comstock Magazine in their AIA Experience Architecture Photo Contest.
Martin is a two-time winner of the prestigious Jurors Award in KVIE's 2010 and 2011 Art Auction, and has served as juror for the 2013 KVIE Art Auction's photography category. He received Honorable Mention in Sacramento County Parks and Recreation's 2010 Photography contest. Martin has also served as a presenter in the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Awards, where he has been an active member for almost twenty years. He is a top ten finisher in the National Press Photographer Association's Photographer of the Year award, and he is an active member of Sacramento's Viewpoint Photographic Art Center.
Martin currently resides in Sacramento with his lovely bride Karen, an EMMY AWARD winning television producer, accomplished writer, and marketing professional with Crocker Art Museum. You will most likely find them collaborating with their dog Ralph, somewhere in the mountains of California's Sierra Nevada.