1993 — student runner-up
Ian Martin is a freelance photojournalist who predominantly works in black and white. He is a 2008 recipient of a Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography and his work has appeared in a myriad of publications including Newsweek, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. He is also a former staff photographer for The Virginian-Pilot, Virginia's largest newspaper.
Ian received the Getty Images grant to pursue his project "Hidden Minority: South Africa's White Poor." He spent over three months photographing in South Africa in the fall of 2008 and beginning of 2009. Ian has created a book of the work and is now seeking publication for it.
Photographing for Newsweek in February and March of 2009, Ian spent two and a half weeks in Arizona and North Carolina covering law enforcement efforts to contain violence spawned by Mexican drug trafficking organizations. In May of 2008, Newsweek sent him to Texas and El Salvador to photograph the repatriation of 120 Salvadorans who were deported by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. On these assignments, Ian worked exclusively in black and white.
From the beginning of 1997 through the middle of 2000, Ian worked for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia. His assignments for The Pilot were broad in scope covering three hurricanes, general news, sports and fashion. In 1998, he spent a month living on various US Navy ships that were patrolling the Persian Gulf enforcing UN sanctions against Iraq. Other documentaries included an in-depth look at life in a Virginia Beach police academy; Marine Corps training; an exhaustive look at the James River and the fading, centuries-old culture of Tangier Island in Chesapeake Bay.
In 2000, Ian left The Pilot to return home to Northern California. In 2001, he launched Ian Martin Wedding Photojournalism, a business that allows him to pursue his documentary photography without compromise.
You can see more of his work at http://ianmartinphotojournalism.com
Over the past two years I have spent a great deal of time in Harlem doing community service work. During that time I made friends with many of the children and their parents living in Harlem. I saw first hand the hard core poverty in which they are forced to live. Children play cops and robbers by frisking each other and reciting Miranda rights. Mediocre teachers try to protect the children by limiting the horizons of their dreams. Hope is often theoretical concept.
Rhonda Brown is a six year old girl who currently lives in a foster home. Rhonda’s mother is addicted to crack, and used to abuse her regularly. Recently, I was with Rhonda in what the children call their “back-yard” (a vacant lot with two burned out cars, broken glass, dead rats and empty crack viles). She was leading me around by the hand showing me what to take pictures of, when I started to walk off into a corner to talk with another child.
Don’t go there!” Rhonda shrieked. I asked her why. “Because I saw a girl get raped there once,” she said.
Growing up in the inner city is a difficult, terrible experience that no child ought to endure.
I want to continue photographing Harlem, and spend a week documenting the life of one child, so people can see, feel and understand what kind of hell these bright young children have to grow up in. What’s happening in the inner city is not acceptable, and it needs to change. I want people to share what I have felt and feel the same need for change when they see my photographs. I want to make a difference.