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Martine Hamilton-Knight

Since graduating from the Surrey Institute of Art (WSCAD) in 1990 with a first class degree, Martine has specialized in architectural photography. Over the last 23 years she has run a successful business in Nottingham working for architects, construction companies, interior designers, local authorities and advertising agencies. Her work has been published in many international books and journals and her work exhibited in several galleries including a large solo show in China in 2009.

Over the years she has built up a library of images covering all aspects of architecture, including offices, hotels, restaurants, schools, shopping centers, historical buildings, sporting facilities and homes. A large selection of her work can be found at www.builtvision.co.uk, a specialist resource of British architectural images. Her work has been represented by ARCAID, the specialist Architectural Photo agency and library since 1990.

In 2007, the BBC featured Martine in their series ‘A Digital Picture of Britain’. In the show, she was given a compact camera and challenged to do her job with it, demonstrating her skills for them by photographing 20th century ‘greats’ in architecture such as the 1930’s modernist factory Boots D10.

She has completed three books of her work, ‘NOTTINGHAM TRANSFORMED’ about the regeneration of the city, plus ‘ASPECTS OF A GLOBAL UNIVERSITY’ and ‘CAMPUS VIEWS’ which are about the University of Nottingham’s architecture in Nottingham, China and Malaysia.

In 2009, Martine was a national judge for the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and helped choose the country’s best buildings, an experience she declared to be a career highlight! In the summer of 2012 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Nottingham in recognition of her photography.

Martine is a partner in LINE+LIGHT, the renowned midlands photography school in which she leads courses together with Photoshop guru Robert Rowe, video cameraman Paul Mottram and portrait photographer Dan Billings.

In addition to running their own series of courses and training, LINE+LIGHT run photographic member days for ENGLISH HERITAGE. Popular events at Kirby Hall in Northamptonshire, Wrest Park in Bedfordshire and at one of their long favored locations - Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire - take place regularly.

Martine runs group workshops at historic listed buildings and contemporary architectural award winning locations for amateurs and enthusiasts. These are supplemented with similar events for The Royal Photographic Society. She is one of the trainers for the 2014 PTO (Photographic Training Overseas) program in Fuerteventura.

Martine enjoys working in buildings which are beautifully designed, lit and detailed. The recession has brought on more examples of projects hit by ‘value engineering’, where detailing is lean and execution poor. Seeing projects where both budget and care have been allowed to flourish makes her job far more rewarding.

She gets excited most though when she’s teaching these days.  There’s nothing more satisfying than enthusing about photography to a group of inexperienced camera users and sensing their delight and excitement as they realize what they can achieve with a little more knowledge, wonderful light and a beautiful location.

Her awards include Creative Photography Business of the Year 2008, Named ‘Woman of Substance’ 2009, and Honorary Doctorate DLitt (hon) 2012 in recognition of her contribution to architectural photography.

Her exhibitions include solo shows in Nottingham 1997, 2007 and China 2009, and being the subject of BBC’s ‘A Digital Picture of Britain 2007.
 
Her publications include hundreds of commissions for the architectural press 1990 - present day, work featured in numerous international books and journals on architecture, and books including: Nottingham Transformed, Campus Views, RIBA 50-50, and Aspects of a Global University.

Martine says, “I bought my first 055 legs as a student in the mid 80’s and have never ever switched brand since. Manfrotto’s camera supports and lighting stands are robust and versatile, they are as important as my choice of camera and lenses”.

Martine enjoys working in buildings which are beautifully designed, lit and detailed. The recession has brought on more examples of projects hit by ‘value engineering’, where detailing is lean and execution poor. Seeing projects where both budget and care have been allowed to flourish makes her job far more rewarding.

She gets excited most though when she’s teaching these days, there’s nothing more satisfying than enthusing about photography to a group of inexperienced camera users and sensing their delight and excitement as they realise what they can achieve with a little more knowledge, wonderful light and a beautiful location.

Connect with Martine

www.builtvision.co.uk
www.lineandlight.co.uk
www.facebook.com/lineandlight
Blog: www.lineandlightphotographycourses.co.uk
E-mail: nfo@lineandlight.co.uk

Equipment List

Linhof 5x4” Tecnikardan
Schneider lenses

Nikon P700 bridge camera

Canon 1DX
17mm, 24mm 45mm and 90mm TSE lenses
70-200mm
Metz flash guns
Constant light fluorescent heads

Manfrotto 405 geared head
Manfrotto 475B tripod



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