One of the world’s leading expedition and adventure travel photographers, Martin Hartley specialises in documenting the most inaccessible places on earth. He has documented 20 unique polar assignments and is one of the only professional photographers to have crossed the Arctic Ocean on foot and with dogs (Adventure Ecology Top of the World Trans-Arctic Expedition 2006, Catlin Arctic Survey 2009 and 2010).
He first gained public recognition at the age of 17 as Runner-Up in the Young Wildlife Photographer of The Year 1987 and has worked as a professional photographer ever since, winning numerous other awards including both portrait and adventure categories in the Travel Photographer of the Year.
His sustained commitment to capture the beauty of unadulterated landscapes and remote communities has taken him to some of the most isolated and challenging locations in the world.
He gained his reputation for formidable landscapes and portraits working with transparency film. His trademark is the medium format that has made him so popular with magazine art directors. He also works with the digital medium giving him extra versatility in the world’s harshest environments. His in-depth technical knowledge, creative vision and ability to produce results in the most difficult of conditions makes him a highly sought after expedition and adventure photographer.
"I have experienced the polar world in all of its ferocity, when it is a challenge just to stay alive, let alone pull out a camera and take a photograph. Martin Hartley’s ability to take beautiful powerful photographs in the most difficult places to survive on our planet, is inspirational."
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
His work has been published worldwide in international press and and photographic, travel and adventure magazines, and he has the rare distinction of commissions for National Geographic publications under his belt.
His first book Face to Face: Polar Portraits was published in collaboraton with the Scott Polar Research Institute.
Martin lives in Bristol and balances his adventure travel/expedition assignments with editorial and corporate work.
National Geographic publications, The Times, The New York Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph, BBC, ITV, NBC, ABC, CBC, Outside, Geographical, Hotshoe, Food & Travel, Harper's Bazaar, Outdoor Photography, British Journal of Photography, Practical Photography, Digital Photography.
Royal Geographical Society, London
Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge (Face to Face: Polar Portraits touring exhibition)
Iniziative Culturali, Trieste, Italy (Solo Exhibition)
Christie's, London (Annual Polar Sale)
- A long way from home - Martin Hartley is interviewed by Jonathan Biggs for The Photographer Magazine
- Dunhill Magazine South - Martin's polar images feature alongside those of Herbert Ponting
- In Conversation with Martin Hartley - Interview with writer Nick Smith about Martin's exepdition photography
- Living on the Edge - Martin Hartley interview for Practical Photography
- So near but so far - Martin Hartley interview for Outdoor Photography
- The 40 Most Influencial Nature photographers - Martin appears as one of the 40 'Most influencial' nature photographers in this feature article
- The Art of Adventure - Martin Hartley interview for Outdoor Photography