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Claire  Martin

Photographer, Australia


Claire began her career by studying a degree in Social Work, however, she changed her focus to Photography when she realized that change can also be effected through this medium. Since beginning her career pursuing personal projects in 2007, she has focused her lens on marginalized communities within prosperous nations.

She met inhabitants of Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, who live in one of the worst urban slums in North America, ironically, in a city known as “the worlds most liveable”. In the United States, she focused on Slab City’s inhabitants, a community of squatters who live in a former military base in the California’s desert. Most recently, in Australia she has documented people choosing a life of poverty in the forested communes of NSW’s controversial Nimbin area.

This work has been recognized with a Prix Pictet nomination (2012), a Lead Academy Award (2011), the Magnum and Inge Morath Foundation Inge Morath Award (2010), by Reportage by Getty Images and The Sony World Photography Awards (2009), and with an IPA nomination (2008). A limited edition Zine was created, and sold out in 2012 by Editions Bessard, and the complete triptych was exhibited at Image Singulieres in Sete, France in May 2013.

Other solo exhibitions and festival features include, the Lumix Festival for young photojournalism, Germany (2012), The Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (2011) and Foto Freo Photography Festival, Australia (2010). She has featured in group shows at Reportage Festival, Australia (2013), the Sydney Opera House, Australia (2011), the Art Gallery of Western Australia (2011), the Diechtorhallen House of Photography, Germany (2011) and The Association of Photographers Gallery, UK (2009).

Claire is currently working on a collaboration with Oculi and SBS online, developing multimedia stories on sub cultural Australia, with a specific focus on sex, gender and identity. She is also a key coordinator in the “Danube Revisited” project, which will tour the work of the late Inge Morath along the length of the Danube, commission new work on the region, and run educational photography programs for woman of the Danube between 2013 and 2016.

Clients include Vanity Fair UK, The Wall st Journal, Le Monde, Fader Magazine, Monocle magazine, GEO Magazine, The Australian Financial Review, AusAID and SBS Australia. Claire divides her time between Los Angeles, USA and Perth Australia where she works as a freelance photographer and socially concerned documentary artist. She is a member of the Australian Documentary Photo Collective “Oculi” and her work is distributed through Agency VU in Europe and Redux in the USA.

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Danube Revisited
May 29, 2014 - United States

The nine recipients of the Inge Morath Award* will travel along the Danube River this July and August in a large truck which has been converted into a mobile photography gallery. The truck will house a selection of images from renowned Magnum photographer Inge Morath, photographs...