Martin Eberlen (bn. Martin Richardson, 1984) is a London based documentary photographer and photojournalist. Martin graduated with a distinction from the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course at London College of Communication, in 2018. Prior to his MA he had been photographing portraits and events professionally since graduating from his BA in 2009.
The main focus of his work looks at environmental issues, climate change and environmental science, with a strong emphasis on the direct impact that humans have on the environment they live in.
Martin's project Storm Desmond: Cause & Effect, was exhibited with the Royal Geographical Society at the Rheged Centre, in 2017. In 2018 Martin produced work for BBC News In Pictures, and also became part of the BAMM Global freelance photographers team.
In 2018 Martin was selected, with just 30 other artists from around the globe, to be a part of Parallel Photo Platform. Parallel is an organisation based in Portugal who select emerging photographic artists from around the world, giving them the opportunity to exhibit their work in various European cities. As a year long cycle, the selected artists also create a new body of work, mentored by a handful of established photographic artists.
As part of Parallel 2018-19, Martin's work from OUR LAND & (S)OIL will be exhibited at the Organ Vida Photo Festival in Croatia throughout September, 2018. In March 2019, Martin will exhibit new work at Format Festival, Derby, followed by a final exhibition in Budapest in September 2019.
Martin was awarded an Honourable Mention for his entry into the documentary photography category, showcasing work from OUR LAND & (S)OIL, in 2017s International Photographer of the Year competition.
OUR LAND & (S)OIL was also awarded an Honourable Mention in the Prix De La Photographie Paris Photo competition, 2018. The work was included in the PX3 Annual photo book.
OUR LAND & (S)OIL - On 27th July, 2017, I began what would end up being a 1,600 mile journey by bicycle along the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Starting in North Dakota, I travelled to Stanley, heading west to Williston, then through South Dakota and Iowa, eventually ending in Patoka, Illinois. OUR LAND & (S)OIL documents the individuals, communities, towns and land surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline. Through photography, publicly available documents, interviews and found material, the project tells the stories of those directly affected by the pipeline (for better or for worse), whilst subtly observing mid-west American culture from an outsider’s perspective.
Inheritance looks at how consumption and waste, generated by an average family between 1986-1992, contributed to landfill, changing and contaminating the landscape for generations to come. Pockets of waste lie underneath the British countryside. With little to no sunlight or oxygen the waste will not decompose, so many are simply storing the tonnes of waste we threw away. These sites will have to be dealt with at some point in the future. But by who? A handmade box, made by Martin Eberlen, containing family photographs, landfill facts and figures, along with unique imagery of the soil from one specific historic landfill site, this box presents the actions of the past, to the future recipients of our contaminated land.
- MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography degree course at London College of Communication - Graduated with Distinction
- March 2016 - 'Seeing The World: Documentary Photography' Short Course at London College of Communication
- Current and active member of the Royal Photographic Society
- 2006 - 2009 London College of Communication - BA Graphic and Media Design for Advertising
- 2005 - 2006 London College of Communication - Art & Design Foundation