Martin U Waltz

Martin U. Waltz


Martin is a photographer, photography educator and writer. He serves as editor of the German Street Photography Site and as curator of the German Street Photography Festival. Martin has written and contributed to several books on street photography like the award-winning “Streetfotografie – Made in Germany” published by Rheinwerk Verlag. Martin has won numerous prizes at  international photography competitions His work has been shown in exhibitions in New York, London, Dublin, Rome, Bucharest and Berlin. Martin is a passionate photography teacher. He offers street photography workshops in Berlin. He enjoys both, passing on his knowledge and the creative exchange with his students.

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 love affair with the city of Berlin. He captures the contemporary, authentic Berlin. 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.

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Berlin 18 meets Temeswar 21, German Consulate, Temeswar – Romania
2016 Streets of Berlin, Ori Gallery, Berlin – Germany
2014 Street Photography Berlin, Gallery Pruenner, Mattersburg – Austria

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2018 Art of Street Photography, The Ballroom, Powerscourt Centre, Dublin – Ireland
2018 Berlin1020 collective, Alghero Street Photography Festival, Alghero – Italy
2018 Postcard Salon, Jarvis Dooney Gallery, Berlin – Germany
2018 Monochrome, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens – Greece
2018 Staged, PH21 Gallery, Budapest – Hungary
2017 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, London – UK
2017 A Day in Berlin, Fotogalerie Friedrichshain, Berlin – Germany
2017 On Spotlight, Museum of Art, Constanta – Romania
2017 The Street Experience, Loosenart, Rome – Italy
2017 Reclaim Photo Festival, Black Country Living Museum, Dudley – UK
2016 Obscure Street, In-spire Gallery, Dublin – Ireland
2015 IPA Best of Show Exhibition, New York – USA
2015 Istreet, Sol Art Gallery, Dublin – Ireland
2015 Streets of the World, Bucharest Photo Week, Bucharest – Romania
2014 World Street Photography, Museo de Esculturas, Tejada – Spain


2017 1st place, Fine Art Photography Awards
2017 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 Bronze medal, Prix de la Photographie Paris
2017 Finalist, Siena International Photo Awards
2016 Finalist, Travel Photographer of the Year
2015 2nd place, Moscow International Foto Awards
2015 3rd place, IPA International Photography Awards
2015 3rd prize, Prix de la Photographie Paris, People’s Choice Award
2015 Bronze medal, Prix de la Photographie Paris

In the Media

2017 “Street Berlin”: Martin Waltz’s project on every day life in the German capital, On Art and Aesthetics
2017 Why Black and White? Top Street Photographers Weigh In, The Phoblographer
2017 voted as one of  the 20 most influential street photographers 2015 and 2017;
2016 Street Tips with Martin Waltz – Podcast with Valerie Jardin
2016 The Best Camera for Street Photography, Petapixel


2017 In Focus: Martin U Waltz • Street Photography – ProCamera App Blog
2017 On the Edge: Martin U Waltz – The New Street Agenda,
2016 Street Tips with Martin Waltz – Podcast with Valerie Jardin
2016 How to evolve your style as a street photographer – The
2016 Der Fotograf Martin U Waltz porträtiert eine seltene Seite von Berlin – Mit Vergnügen
2015 A Shooter in… Berlin, Germany with Martin Waltz – Shooter Files


Founding member and editor  The German Street Photography Site
Curator of  The German Street Photography Festival 

Portfolio – from the “light urban rain” series

Street Photography Germany

Street Photography Germany

Street Photography Germany

Street Photography Germany

Street Photography Germany

Street Photography Germany

Street Photography Germany

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