Photograph by Nick Halling
Master photographer, Martin Smith is the man behind the lens who brings amazing, beautiful images to clients in the UK and internationally.
He is a Fellow of the Master Photographer's Association (one of only 45 active photographers worldwide to have achieved this status), a member of the Guild Society of Artists and a Fine Art Trade Guild accredited fine art printer.
He has spent many years building up a varied and diverse body of work. He is continually adding to his collection through regular photographic sorties. Mr Smith's epic journeys have taken him to six continents and more than fifty countries.
Mr Smith is best known for his work closer to home. Late at night and early in the morning, he captures the moment and records the ever-changing skyline of London, a capital in a dynamic period in history.
In 2018 the Master Photographers Association awarded Mr Smith a Fellowship for his 'Colours of London' portfolio. The first time a fellowship has ever been granted for a collection of London photographs. 'Colours of London' are vivid images collected over ten years, many shot at night.
His portfolio is made up of six collections:
Mr Smith's home city and a place where he has spent thousands of hours with his camera. He has built up a powerful collection of images in and around the city - many of which are amongst his most popular work with art buyers.
Iconic buildings from some of the worlds great cities and gritty urban scenes from less well known locations. He has captured diverse subjects in vastly differing inner cities - from London, New York, Sydney, Rio and Hong Kong to Tehran, Dehli, Lome, and Ouagadougou. Whatever the subject from murals and graffiti, to spectacular or run down buildings, each is a compelling sight presented in its own unique way.
The eerie icescapes of the high arctic, the vast desert spaces of Namibia and the canyon lands of North America are amongst the dramatic locations Mr Smith has covered. A portfolio of shots from the arctic wilderness and his spectacular image of an erupting volcano in Oceania were recognised in the Travel Photographer of the Year Awards.
A theme which developed from Mr Smith's ambitious project to photograph the parts of the world that interest him the most. This collection features many well known locations as well as others off the beaten track.
Restored diners, rusting vehicles, old motels, gas stations and the vastness of the open road- for decades Route 66 symbolised the American Dream. Since first travelling the route in 2005, Mr Smith has developed a passion for the "Mother Road". He led his first Route 66 photographic tour in 2012.
Prints from the golden age of travel alongside images that could have been shot back in the 1950's. Mr Smith has been creating images depicting the romance of steam, historic London buses and the history of aviation for several years.
Mr Smith is a perfectionist obsessed with quality from the moment of image capture to the final picture. He maintains complete creative control by processing all aspects of his work personally.
He has been taught by some of the great British landscape photographers including Joe Cornish, Charlie Waite, Paul Wakefield and David Ward.
Mr Smith's work has created an impact with the media as well as artists, galleries and art buyers. His work is available as prints in limited editions and can be found in homes and offices around the world.
The sheer geographic breadth of Mr Smith's coverage combined with his attention to detail and quality make his work what it is. By his own admission his work features some of the world's most and least famous locations and shows people and places exactly as they are. To this photographer each picture tells a story and represents a precious memory.
Quite simply, the best photography of London I have ever seen
Professional to deal with and helped us to stay within our budget
His work is now sought after by private collectors, art dealers, and individuals all of whom can only look on in wonder.
Getting shots like these takes years of practice and technical know how … outstanding creative vision.
Mr Smith supplied exactly what we wanted when we asked for it … we are delighted with the artwork.