Douglas Martin

Photographer, USA

1957, World Press Photo of the Year singles, World Press Photo of the Year

1957, 1st prize singles, Spot News

The American press photographer Douglas Martin was thirteen years old when he started making photographs. Only a few years later, he sold his first image to a local newspaper for two dollars. During the Second World War, Martin was a fighter-pilot, and after his demobilization, he studied architecture. In 1953, he started working as a press photographer for the American newspaper Columbia, and a few years later moved to The Charlotte News (NC). In April 1958, just before winning the World Press Photo of the Year, he became a photographer for The Virginian-Pilot, in Norfolk, Virginia.