Berlin Photographer Martin U Waltz

Martin U Waltz: Photographer in Berlin

Martin U Waltz is an artist, educator and entrepreneur. An economist by trade and following a career in corporate finance, he has turned his life long passion for photography into his profession.

Martin’s artistic work focuses on portraiture, urban and street photography. He is a founding member of the Berlin1020 street photography collective.

Martin has won numerous international photography awards. His work has been shown in exhibitions in New York, Paris, Dublin, London, Rome, Bucharest and Berlin. His work can be found in numerous private collections.

Much to his surprise his total follower count on social media is way beyond 200k. Martin’s articles on photography have been published on the big photography blogs like Petapixel, The Phoblographer or Digitalrev.

Martin is a passionate photography teacher. In his street photography workshops he enjoys both, passing on his knowledge and the creative exchange with his students.

He lives with his wife and two sons in the heart of Berlin.

Martin is always looking for exciting artistic or commercial cooperations.

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Artist Statement

Martin’s work is about the human element in urban space. He explores the underlying emotions in the city between existential angst, boredom and joy. 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.

My work is about Berlin!Martin U Waltz

His work draws inspiration from many sources beyond the world of photography: literature with the work of J.P. Sartre, Paul Bowles and Michel Houellebecq, painting between Rembrandt, Hopper and Penck, poetry with Baudelaire, Benn and Celan, movies from “The Third Man” to the work of Jim Jarmush and Wong Kar-wai and the recent “Victoria” and TV series like “The Wire” and “Fargo”.

Martin U Waltz Berlin Photographer
  • 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, 2017
  • Finalist, Travel Photographer of the Year, 2016
  • 2nd place, Moscow International Foto Awards, 2015
  • 3rd place, International Photography Awards, 2015
  • Bronze Medal, Prix de la Photographie Paris, 2015
  • 3rd prize, Prix de la Photographie Paris, People’s Choice Award, 2015
The Award Winning Photos
Solo Exhibitions
  • Streets of Berlin, Ori Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2016
  • Street Photography Berlin, Gallery Pruenner, Mattersburg , Austria, 2014
Group Exhibitions
  • Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, London, UK 2017
  • A Day in Berlin, Photo Gallery Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany 2017
  • On Spotlight, Museum of Art, Constanta , Romania 2017
  • The Street Experience, Loosenart Gallery, Rome, Italy 2017
  • Reclaim Photo Festival, Dudley , UK 2017
  • IPA Best of Show Exhibition 2015 , San Fernando, Philippines 2016
  • Obscure Street, In-spire Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 2016
  • On Spotlight, Bucharest Photo Week, Bucharest, Romania 2016
  • IPA Best of Show Exhibition 2015 , Paris , France 2016
  • Streets of the World, Bucharest Photo Week, Bucharest, Romania, 2015
  • iStreet, Sol Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 2015
  • IPA Best of Show Exhibition, New York, USA 2015
  • World Street Photography, Museum of Culture, Tejada, Spain 2014



In Focus: Martin U Waltz • Street Photography – ProCamera App Blog, 2017

On the Edge: Martin U Waltz – The New Street Agenda, 2017

Street Tips with Martin Waltz – Podcast with Valerie Jardin, 2016

How to evolve your style as a street photographer – The, 2016

VISUAL Q&A: Martin Waltz – CCOH Cooperative of Photography, 2016

Meet Berlin Street Photographer, Martin Waltz – The Culture Trip, 2015

A Shooter in… Berlin, Germany with Martin Waltz – Shooter Files, 2015


Martin U Waltz – Streets of Berlin oder die Faszination des Urbanen – Podcast mit Kai Behrmann – Gate7, 2017

In Focus: Martin U Waltz • Strassenfotografie – ProCamera App Blog, 2017

Berliner Fotografen: Martin U Waltz – The Clubmap, 2017

Der Fotograf Martin U Waltz porträtiert eine seltene Seite von Berlin – Mit Vergnügen, 2016



Stories on Violence with writer Dirk Könnecke
Martin U Waltz street photography

The Berlin Street Photography Collective