About Bob Martin

Through his magical lens, BOB MARTIN reveals his chameleon-like empathy with all his subjects. He started his photographic career whilst in Kenya during the Mau Mau emergency, working as a ‘scene of crime’ photographer as a reservist with the Kenya Police, and then, on his return to SA as a Sunday Times photographer. He then broadened his experience by working as a publicity-stills cameraman on a number of international film sets, also assisting the legendary ‘Karsh of Ottawa’ on the film, “Zulu” with Michael Caine.

He was for many years, SATOUR’s chief photographer, winning many international awards for South Africa with his travel posters, from the ‘Travel Federations’ of The United States, Canada, Europe and Australasia.

But his artistic insight from behind the lens was fully realized when he began to work as the only permanent theatre photographer for the Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal (PACT). “I felt that I had found my destiny,” says Martin. “I had many exciting, sometimes tragic moments during my life as a photographer – such as the Sharpville massacre in 1960. It was, however, in the theatre, surrounded by the allure and absolute genius of dance, drama and music – that I found my true calling.”

Though an artist at heart, Martin is a skilled “photographic artisan and technician” and his versatility allows him to bring a unique perspective to even the most mundane shots.