The Downtown East Side is a photo ebook by Claire Martin, Australian rising star of world photography. It features art photographs taken in the Downtown East Side, infamous urban area in Vancouver, Canada. Through a series of raw portraits, she denounces the lack of interest of modern societies towards slums communities left to their fate, drugs, prostitution and AIDS. Far from sordid realism, Claire captures snapshots of real life and emphasises on glimpses of humanity of these ‘Wretched of modern times’.

Claire Martin's work from this series has been exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography, the Deichtorhallen House of Photography Hamburg Germany, and the Association of Photographers Gallery, London, as well as featuring in the core program for many international photo festivals. Publications include Vanity Fair UK, The Wall Street Journal, Fader Magazine, The Australian Financial Review and The British Journal of Photography.

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2011 Honoured by the Lead Academy in Germany in the Documentary Photographer of the Year category.
2010 Downtown East Side series wins Inge Morath Foundation and Magnum Foundation Inge Morath Award.
2010 "Tony" from the Downtown East Side series wins the Iris Award for Portraiture from The Perth Centre for Photography, Australia.
2009 "Tony" from the Downtown East Side series wins First Prize for Emerging Portrait Photographer. Sony World Photography Awards. Cannes, France
2008 Downtown East Side series is awarded Deeper Perspective Nominee. International Photography Awards. New York, USA


Group Show – Deichtorhallen Home of Photography. Hamburg, Germany – Exhibiting the series "The Downtown East Side" as part of the Lead Awards Honouree Exhibition. Curated by Lead Awards. June 8th – August 14th 2011.

Group Show – Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of Semi-Permanent Exhibition
September 17th – 18th 2010.

Group Show – Sony World Photography Winners Exhibition – World Tour 2009, and retrospective tour 2011. Exhibiting in some of the world´s most prestigious photographic galleries and other uniquely selected venues in Cannes, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok, Toronto, Mexico City, New York, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney.

Group Slideshow exhibition – The Bodega, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Melon Rouge Photojournalism festival.
Curated by Guillaum Guillaume. November 29th 2010.

Selected Collections

"Tony" from the Downtown East Side series acquired by The Houston Museum of Fine Art, USA Permanent Collection.
Downtown East Side Zine 2012 acquired by The MoMA, New York, Kowasa Library, Spain, Book Collections and International Private Collections including Martin Parr, Douglas Stockdale and Wayne Ford.

Print Publications

Zine Collection #1 Editions Bessard 2012
Deinacht #8 2010
Sony World Photography Awards Cannes 2009. Verlhac Editions

Author's profile

Claire began her career by pursuing a degree in Social Work, however, she changed her focus to Photography when she realised that change can also be effected through this 
medium. Her ongoing documentation of marginalised communities within prosperous nations won her the Magnum Foundation 2010 Inge Morath award for Female Photographers under 30 years of age.

She is a member of the renowned Australian Documentary Photo Collective “Oculi” and her work is distributed through Agency VU in Europe.

Claire lives in Perth, Western Australia, where she works as a freelance photojournalist and socially concerned documentary artist.


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Un ebook particulièrement soigné pour l'iPad !

Recommandé pour les amateurs de photos réalistes.

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E-book specs

Ebook title: The Downtown East Side

Author name: Claire Martin

Published by: Editions Bessard

Publication date: Oct 22, 2012

Language: English

Form: Photography

Categories: Art and Lifestyle

Number of pages: 40 (Page count based on pdf format)

File type: ePub

ISBN: 979-10-91406-04-8

File size: 71.15 Mo

File type: PDF

ISBN: 979-10-91406-05-5

File size: 12.69 Mo

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