Martin Stavars is a Polish-born photographer specializing in black & white cityscapes, landscapes, and night photography. While initially studying economics and computer science, Martin ultimately chose to follow his artistic passion – where he has since visited over twenty countries with his camera, Asia holding a key role.

His work has been exhibited in Japan, Poland, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States, along with many pieces in private collections around the world. Martin deploys wide perspectives and tilt/shift lenses to capture his intriguing & powerful cityscapes.

“Megalopolis”, his first photographic monograph was published in Charta Editions, 2012.

Named “Architecture Photographer of the Year” at the International Photography Awards, Martin has received the Grand Prix at the Image International in Canada and Hei Ming Prize. His latest series documents the rapidly changing urban landscape in Asia, emphasizing aging architecture, slums, and locations that will soon disappear due to modernization.

Selected Awards:

2013 – 1st place, Book – Fine Art category for “Megalopolis”, PX3, Paris, France.
2012 – Photographer of the Year in the Special category, International Photography Awards (IPA), USA.
2012 – 1st place, Night Photography category, International Photography Awards (IPA), USA.
2011 – 1st place, Cityscapes category, International Photography Awards (IPA), USA.
2010 – 1st place, Nature Trees category, International Photography Awards (IPA), USA.
2010 – Hei Ming Prize, International Filter Photo Contest 2008-2009, Japan.
2009 – Grand Prize winner, Image International Photo Life contest, Canada.
2008 – Lucie Awards Nominee, Discovery of the Year: Finalist. New York, USA.
2008 – IPA Architectural Photographer of the Year 2008. Los Angeles, USA.
2008 – 1st place, Historic Architecture category, International Photography Awards (IPA), USA.
2007 – 1st place, Architecture & Urban Sight, VIPC2007, Venice, Italy.
2007 – VIPC Best Young Photographer, Venice, Italy.
2006 – Grand Prix, Czestochowa, Poland.

Selected Publications:

2013 – FOTO Magazine, Interview, Czech Republic.
2013 – Colours Magazine, Article, Indonesia.
2013 – LensWork #105, Portfolio, USA.
2013 – The Wall Street Journal, Book review, USA.
2013 – SCHWARZWEISS #92, Portfolio, Germany.
2012 – Digital Camera Polska, Interview, Poland.
2011 – Photographer Magazine, Interview, Ukraine.
2011 – Photobulletin Magazine, Portfolio, Bulgaria.
2011 – Photographer’s Companion, Portfolio, April, Beijing, China.
2010 – Refoto, Article and portfolio, Serbia.
2010 – Foto Magazine, Portfolio, Poland.
2010 – Soura Magazine, Portfolio, United Arab Emirates.
2009 – Parteaguas magazine, March, Mexico.
2009 – Fotografia & Aparaty Cyfrowe, Interview, February, Poland.
2008 – I-Mag Magazine, Interview, October. Philippines.
2008 – Soura Magazine, Portfolio, Semptember. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
2008 – Digital SLR Photography Magazine, Portfolio, October. England.
2008 – Practical Photography Magazine, Interview, August. England.
2008 – Amateur Photographer Magazine, Featured Website, August. England.
2008 – Asian Photography Magazine, Interview, May. India.
2008 – Idea PHOTOS Magazine, Interview, May/June. Taipei, Taiwan.


2013 – Tokyo Arts Gallery – Tokyo, Japan
2012 – Galeria WOAK – Bialystok, Poland
2012 – Gallery Prospero – Lublin, Poland
2012 – Fairfields Arts Centre – Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Previous exhibitions: Kew Gardens in London, Photo Festival Fotojatka in Czech Republic, Art Gallery Ryf in Zurich.

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