Martin U Waltz: Photographer in Berlin
Martin U Waltz is an artist, educator and entrepreneur. An economist by trade and following a career in corporate finance, he has turned his life long passion for photography into his profession.
Martin’s artistic work focuses on portraiture, urban and street photography. He is a founding member of the Berlin1020 Street Photography Collective and a the co-founder and editor of The German Street Photography Site.
Together with writer Dirk Könnecke he is working on the literary-photographic project Violens.org – Stories on Violence.
Martin has won numerous international photography awards. His work has been shown in exhibitions in New York, Paris, Dublin, London, Rome, Bucharest and Berlin. His work can be found in numerous private collections.
Martin’s articles on photography have been published on the big photography blogs like Petapixel, The Phoblographer or Digitalrev.
Martin is a passionate photography teacher. In his street photography workshops he enjoys both, passing on his knowledge and the creative exchange with his students.
He lives with his wife and two sons in the heart of Berlin.
Martin’s work is about the human element in urban space. He explores the underlying emotions in the city between existential angst, boredom and joy. Martin is a keen observer of the fragility and transiency in urban life. In his street photography Martin emphasizes the contrast between the soft fluid human shape and the hard and static fabric of city infrastructure. Martin uses strong geometrical compositions, still he thinks of his photography as associative and poetic.
My work is about Berlin!Martin U Waltz
His work draws inspiration from many sources beyond the world of photography: literature with the work of J.P. Sartre, Paul Bowles and Michel Houellebecq, painting between Rembrandt, Hopper and Penck, poetry with Baudelaire, Benn and Celan, movies from “The Third Man” to the work of Jim Jarmush and Wong Kar-wai and the recent “Victoria” and TV series like “The Wire” and “Fargo”.
In the Media
“Street Berlin”: Martin Waltz’s project on every day life in the German capital, On Art and Estetics, 2017
voted as one of the 20 most influential street photographers 2015 and 2017; Streethunters.net
Why Black and White? Top Street Photographers Weigh In, The Phoblographer, 2017
The Best Camera for Street Photography, Petapixel, 2016
Street Photography in the Rain: 3 Lessons Learned, Petapixel, 2016
#BerlinMoments, Martin Waltz on capturing the contrasts of Berlin, Sony Mobile Blog, 2015
nominated as one of the five best street photographers 2014, Street Core Photography, 2014
In Focus: Martin U Waltz • Street Photography – ProCamera App Blog, 2017
On the Edge: Martin U Waltz – The New Street Agenda, 2017
Street Tips with Martin Waltz – Podcast with Valerie Jardin, 2016
How to evolve your style as a street photographer – The Phoblographer.com, 2016
VISUAL Q&A: Martin Waltz – CCOH Cooperative of Photography, 2016
Meet Berlin Street Photographer, Martin Waltz – The Culture Trip, 2015
A Shooter in… Berlin, Germany with Martin Waltz – Shooter Files, 2015