Runner up in the 2007 PX3 Paris Photo Awards and UK winner of the Flash Forward, Emerging Photographers and PDN Photo Annual 2006, Martin Amis was a clear choice for this week's London Art Artist of the Week. His innovative imagery and oblique approach to documentary photography make him one of London Art's most wanted.
'I first started taking photographs on a visit to New York City in 2002. As I walked the streets of the city, I would fire off shots from the hip attempting to emulate the Leicas of the great black and white street photographers. I still often shoot in this style, fast and unexpected grabshots' he says. Amis watches the world through the lens of his camera, capturing those commonplace instances of human behaviour that are often over looked or ignored. The work exhibited at London Art is an assortment of land and cityscape images, but for my part, what is most exciting about Amis is his satirical, witty approach to documentary photography. Indeed, the latest of his projects of this nature 'Racing Seen, 2007', has been selected for several awards and awarded the Runner up prize in the PX3 Paris Photo Awards this year, 'In all my documentary photos, the subject is unaware they are being photographed. I like to get up close with a wide-angle lens, often shooting blindly from the hip or an unusual angle.'
Amis cites the highly esteemed but equally controversial work of Martin Parr as an inspiration, 'I also love the work of American photographers Alec Soth, Joel Sternfeld and Mitch Epstein and the "in-the-face" style of street photographers William Klein and Bruce Gilden.' The influence that these artists have had on Amis, particularly Martin Parr, is manifest in his photographic projects that demonstrate a critical, contemporary and astute look at modern society, 'I like to tell stories with my photographs, document what I have experienced, whatever piques my interest, amuses me or evokes some kind of emotion. I think I will always be interested in wearing different photographic "hats". I do love to shoot people, quirky characters and the surreal, and can't see that changing. However I am also drawn to photographing quiet still scenes, devoid of people - images that tell stories in a more abstract sense.'
At London Art we anticipate mounting success for Amis. His attractive, resourceful personal website not only houses a huge collection of his past projects but also teases with a tantalizing 'coming soon' section!
To view Martin's gallery please click here