Martyn studied photography at Harrow College of Technology & Art from 1969-73, graduating with a Diploma in Illustrative Photography and A.I.B.P.P. (Associate of the Institute of British Professional Photography).
Moving to London to assist various leading photographers such as Gered Mankowitz and Denis Waugh before becoming a freelance photographer, contributed to his understanding of photography as a business. First assignments came from the Radio Luxembourg magazine ‘Fab 208’ which he fully exploited being given a chance to shoot major pop acts on stage and in the studio to create a varied portfolio of images. This opportunity opened many doors in the industry.
Taking on assignments for major record labels, Martyn became part of the new wave music scene of the 70s and early 80s in an era where vinyl picture discs were extremely popular. Record companies had serious budgets, which required creative photography. Collaborating with acts such as Blondie, The Jam, The Cure, Sham 69, Ian Dury, and Toyah, together with art directors Bill Smith, Peter Wagg and Jo Mirowski proved to be an inspirational period of his career, leading to commissions from Queen, and Elton John’s Rocket Records in the main stream of rock music.
Martyn’s subject range extended while working for the ‘Sunday Telegraph Magazine’, ‘You’ and ‘Sunday Times Magazine’ in the 1980s. Shooting portraits and features whose subjects were recording-acts such as Genesis, U2, Jethro Tull, UB40 and Wham, progressing to portraits of great writers, artists, actors, and politicians, as well as photo-essays on The Iron Curtain, Mysteries of Britain, and the environment. A period of working with Wham in the late 1980s closed a chapter of life within the music business. At this time he was assigned stories by the iconic ‘Car Magazine’ going on to create new techniques of automotive and travel photography. Martyn became a fellow of the B.I.P.P. (British Institute of Professional Photography) in 1987.
Since 1990, Martyn has worked extensively for a wide range of magazines, advertising agencies and corporate clients in Europe and the USA. Undertaking a massive series of road-trip stories through 47 states of the USA for Chrysler Corporation, he also became a contributing photographer to magazines such as ‘Business Week’, ‘The Sunday Times’, and ‘Car & Driver’. There have been several exhibitions; ‘Blondie In Camera’, ‘Mirandie Gallery London’, ‘People Of Our Time’, ‘National Theatre London’ and ‘Rock’n'Roll & Speed’, and ‘Exposure Gallery London’, all of which have given Martyn the opportunity to observe the public response to his photography.
In recent years Martyn has made a concerted effort in his career development, moving onto the digital platform to meet his clients’ requirements. He has a very active photo-blogging website (www.martyngoddard.com) which allows interaction with existing and potential clients, or people interested in creative imagery. He has also introduced a comprehensive service, producing travel features, images, and copy, to be syndicated to a group of publications around the world.
By accident, Martyn is in demand to provide master classes in automotive and advertising photography, lectures to universities and art-school students on the photographic industry, and how to survive in the real world. His ultimate accolade being invited to his former college to talk to the next generation of image-makers.
Interests outside the business are, family, rally driving, mountain biking and a photo journal.
Awards: Hyundai / Audi Automotive photographer of the year UK 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 2010 2013 (commended.) 2014 (commended).