Berlin Photographer Martin U Waltz

Martin U Waltz: Photographer in Berlin

Martin U Waltz is a photographer and and as such 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.

He is a founding member of the Berlin1020 Photography Collective and the co-founder and editor of The German Street Photography Site

Together with writer Dirk Könnecke Martin is working on – an art project on violence.

Martin won numerous prizes at  international photography competitions: Moscow International Foto Awards, Sony World Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie Paris, International Photography Awards.

His work has been shown in exhibitions in New York, London, Dublin, Rome, Budapest, Bucharest and Berlin. His work can be found in numerous private collections.

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, Germany’s vibrant capital.

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Artist Statement

Martin’s work is a reflection on the human condition in urban space. He explores the underlying emotions in the city between existential angst, boredom and joy.

Martin’s work focuses on portraiture, documentary and street photography. Martin has long term, passionate “it’s complicated” kind of  relationship with the city of Berlin. He  captures the contemporary, authentic  Berlin. 

Berlin, Berlin.  It’s all about Berlin.Martin U Waltz

His work draws inspiration from many sources beyond the world of photography: literature, poetry, music, movies, TV series.

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.

Martin U Waltz Berlin Photographer
  • 1st prize, Fine Art Photography Awards, 2018
  • 1st place, 35Awards, 2017
  • 1st place, Moscow International Foto Awards, 2017
  • 3rd place, Moscow International Foto Awards, 2017
  • Commended Photographer, Sony World Photography Awards, 2017
  • Finalist, Siena International Photo Awards, 2017
  • Bronze Medal, Prix de la Photographie Paris, 2017
  • Finalist, Travel Photographer of the Year, 2016
  • 2nd place, Moscow International Foto Awards, 2015
  • 3rd place, International Photography Awards, 2015
  • Bronze Medal, Prix de la Photographie Paris, 2015
  • 3rd prize, Prix de la Photographie Paris, People’s Choice Award, 2015
The Award Winning Photos
Solo Exhibitions
  • “Berlin 18 meets Temeswar 21”, German Consulate, Temeswar, Romania, 2018
  • “Streets of Berlin”, Ori Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2016
  • “Street Photography Berlin”, Gallery Pruenner, Mattersburg , Austria, 2014
Group Exhibitions (Selection)
  • “Berlin 1020 Collective”, Alghero Street Photography Awards , Alghero, Italy, 2018
  • “Postcard Salon”, Jarvis Dooney Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2018
  • “Monochrome” , Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece, 2018
  • “Staged”, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, 2018
  • “Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition”, London, UK 2017
  • “A Day in Berlin”, Photo Gallery Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany 2017
  • “On Spotlight”, Museum of Art, Constanta , Romania 2017
  • “The Street Experience”, Loosenart Gallery, Rome, Italy 2017
  • “Reclaim Photo Festival”, Dudley , UK 2017
  • “Obscure Street”, In-spire Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 2016
  • “Streets of the World”, Bucharest Photo Week, Bucharest, Romania, 2015
  • “iStreet”, Sol Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 2015
  • “IPA Best of Show Exhibition”, New York, USA 2015
  • “World Street Photography”, Museum of Culture, Tejada, Spain 2014


Streetfotografie – Made in Germany, Rheinwerk Verlag, 2018 (co-author and cover image)

In the Media

Feature on the solo exhibition in the German consulate in Temeswar – Allgemeine Deutsche Zeitung (German language), 2018
Listed as  “Famous Street Photography Blogger”, Eric Kim Blog, 2017
Cover story on  the memories series, Street Photographers Notebook #31, 2017
Feature on the exhibition “One Day in Berlin”, Die Zeit (German Language), 2017
Cover story “Street Photography with Flash”, Soul of Street Magazine #13 (German language) 2017
“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;
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


Why is Berlin the best place to live? – The Culture Trip, 2018 
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, 2016
VISUAL Q&A: Martin Waltz – CCOH Cooperative of Photography, 2016
A Shooter in… Berlin, Germany with Martin Waltz – Shooter Files, 2015