Martin Edwards

I have long been interested in the way the camera faithfully and mechanically records what is in front of it, yet this image is inevitably altered by the tools, materials and methods used to reproduce it, and can never be a ‘true’ representation of the world.

I enjoy the process of photographing things as we do not usually see them, aiming to exaggerate the camera’s untruths yet retain a measure of the real experience. Each individual person has their own way of seeing; my photographs are an attempt to get mine onto a print surface.

The other side of my photography is more straight and documentary, aiming to show a personal view of the things and people I come across. The images here include both aspects.

Much of my personal work is made on film, often black & white, and hand printed; though any technique is only a means to an end, and I will use whatever medium is most appropriate for the outcome.

I have been a photographer and photography educator for over twenty years, and do a mixture of teaching, commercial photography, personal projects and voluntary activities.

For many years I was Senior Lecturer in Photography at City of Bristol College, now I am concentrating on freelance photography and training. I am one of the founder members of the Second Look photography group and maintain an active interest in community-based photographic events and practice.





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