TPL: Martin please tell us about yourself.
MA: I was born in Malta in 1966 and lived all my life so far on this tiny island. When I was 18 years old I joined the Armed Forces of Malta until I retired at the age of 44 years old. While I was still in the Army I did my first photography course back in 2008 I decided to take my photography to another level by enrolling for courses organised by the local photographic societies. In July 2009, soon after passing an accredited course in photography, I was appointed the official photographer for the Armed Forces of Malta. On retiring from the Armed Forces of Malta in 2010, I then began my career as a freelance photographer and as a photojournalist for a leading newspaper. In the same year, I was also asked to be the official photographer for ‘Gladiators Fight Night’ (a sports activity with local and foreign participants), a role I still have today.
In 2012, I obtained an Associateship with the Malta Institute of the Professional Photography (MIPP) and subsequently abroad with the Societies’ Photographic Society in the United Kingdom (SWPP). The panel I presented for these qualifications where in the Fashion & Glamour genre. 2013 brought about a new experience for me when I was asked to judge a number of local and overseas competitions as well as qualification panels.
I have been organising street photography workshops since 2015 and also lecture locally on Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. I have also notched several Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in the Societies Monthly Competition (SWPP) and was also awarded the Societies prestigious UK Press & News Photographer of the Year. In November 2016, I organised my first solo exhibition called ‘Malta Street Life’ and also have had my works exhibited in Egypt, Greece, Italy, the United Kingdom, and in 2020, Japan. Some of the photos which are either published in local and overseas foreign media or in national and international competitions.