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 to London and travels around the world. Martin's epic journeys have taken him to six continents and more than fifty countries.
Born and bred a Londoner, Martin turned his back on a highly successful corporate career in order to photograph the city he loves. After years gazing out of boardroom windows he’s now on the outside looking in. 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.
With the regulation ‘ten thousand hours’ of hands-on experience behind him, the Master Photographers Association awarded Martin a Fellowship for his 'Colours of London' portfolio in 2018. The first time the award has ever been granted for a collection of London photographs. 'Colours of London' are vivid images collected over ten years, many shot at night.
In 2001 he started to publish his work, selling via galleries and online, and produced his first book.
Since then he has established a successful company, which supplies original photographic artwork to businesses and homes from a studio just north of London. Martin's work has evolved along with his personal interests which have taken him around the world and back again.
After growing up with his trusty rangefinder camera, he took inspiration from the landscape photographers of Australia and developed a keen interest in world panoramas. When he turned professional he realised he needed to 'up his game' and learn from the masters. He has been taught by some of the great British landscape photographers including Joe Cornish, Charlie Waite, Paul Wakefield and David Ward.
Since the early 2000's Martin has travelled and photographed much of the world. His journeys across the United States have taken him to more of America than most US nationals ever reach. His many journeys along Route 66 have made the Mother Road a favourite destination. In the Australian outback, his travels along the Stuart Highway and across the Nullarbor Plain remain burned in the memory. Throughout these journeys he has photographed the wrecks and relics, which are a feature of life on the road, and the people and places that make these adventures so memorable.
Many of his travels have taken him to unusual destinations. Through his portraits he skillfully depicts people going about their daily lives. Subjects have included African tribes people, life in India, people of Cuba and villagers from Papua New Guinea. His portfolio - The Faces of India - was the basis of his admission to the Master Photographers Association.
His collection falls into five themes:
Martin'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 Martin 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 Martin'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, Martin has developed a passion for the "Mother Road". He led his first Route 66 photographic tour in 2012.
Martin 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 embraced the opportunities presented by digital imaging to powerful effect.
Martins work has created an impact with the media as well as artists, galleries and other art buyers, where he already has a strong base of satisfied clients.
His work is available as prints in limited editions or as individual images which can be licensed for print or web use. He also undertakes commissions.
The sheer geographic breadth of Martins 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.