Uwe Martin


He is currently partnering with Frauke Huber on a set of multimedia documentaries about the global commons: water, seed and land. 'White Gold' investigates the social and environmental effects of global cotton production. Their new visual research project 'LandRush' explores the impact of large-scale agro investments on rural economies and land rights, the boom of renewable fuels, the reallocation of land and the future of agriculture around the world. Both projects are part of 'World of Matter', which investigates primary materials and the complex ecologies of which they are a part.

In 2010 Uwe founded 'Aggreys Dream', a project supporting a school in a slum in Mombasa, Kenya, which became the blueprint for the establishing of the Freelens Foundation.

Over the years, Uwe has received numerous recognitions and awards for his work including the German Reporter Award 2011, the Greenpeace Award in 2014 and the Development Media Award 2013. He also served on the jury of the Lumix Multimedia Award, the CPOY, the German Reporter Award and the Bosch Masterclass "Future of Science Journalism", where he is also part of the faculty.

He was a jury member for the Long Form category of the World Press Photo 2017 and 2018 Digital Storytelling Contest and a participant in the Multimedia Research Project in 2013.

Uwe studied photojournalism in Hanover, Germany, and, with the support of a Fulbright grant, at the Missouri School of Journalism. Besides his photographic practice, Uwe teaches photography and multimedia storytelling at many different locations around the world, among them the Camera Arts program at Lucerne University, Akademie für Publizistik in Hamburg, the Freelens Multimedia Workshops, the CNA Luxembourg, the Fachhochschule Bielefeld and the University for the Arts in Bremen.

Uwe Martin