Martin Figura talks about the small human stories that make up his work and how his approaches to photography and writing relate.
Better known in the city now as an award winning writer, his two spoken word shows Whistle and Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine having sold out performances at Norwich Arts Centre.
However, he first came to Norwich as a photographer, when his work was exhibited as far back as 1990, again at the Arts Centre. He went on to do a number of commissions in the city, he was living in Cambridge, starting with the Generations Millennium Project and going on to be Artist in Residence at The Forum and Norwich City FC during their centenary. He like Norwich so much he moved here at the end of 2002. It seemed like destiny in a way, having been given a replica shirt as a child in the 1960s, over 30 years before he ever visited the city. Who wore the shirt until in wore out.
After he moved to Norwich, his writing career began to take off and the emphasis of his creative career shifted into that direction. He hasn’t exhibited since 2007, but has never stopped taking pictures, photographing some of the country’s best known writers. He has also photographed on city streets around the world; from New York to Rome, Barcelona and many others. This work will be exhibited alongside work from throughout his career to date.
As a photographer he’s best known for This Man’s Army (Dewi Lewis Publishing) his book on the British Army with a foreword by Billy Bragg and essays by historian Anthony Beevor and Liz Wells. The work was exhibited around the country, and was included in exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery and Photographers’ Gallery, London.