Uwe H. Martin

Uwe H. Martin is an independent visual storyteller, slow journalist, researcher, and educator. His long-term projects, which combine photography with documentary film, text, and sound, focus on the significant environmental issues of the Anthropocene. With his partner Frauke Huber, Uwe has documented global agriculture’s social and environmental consequences since 2007. Using a slow journalism approach, their projects bridge traditional journalistic publications, linear web documentaries, interactive apps, and fragmented multimedia narratives in spatial installations, performances, and site-specific installations.

As an integral part of his artistic practice, Uwe teaches photography, film, journalism, and storytelling for eco-social impact at universities, workshops, and journalism schools worldwide.

He also leads design workshops ranging from water policy to urban climate adaptation. He strives to empower people to become independent, expand their scope of action and bring about lasting changes in society and the environment. In 2010 Uwe cofounded the international art and research project “World of Matter,” which investigates primary materials and their complex ecologies.

In the same year, he also founded “Aggrey’sDream,” which supported a school in Mombasa, Kenya, with four teachers, a school lunch program, and built a bakery that generates an independent income for the school.

Finally, recognizing the urgent need for new ways to finance quality freelance journalism, Uwe cofounded the “RiffReporter” cooperative in 2017 across over between a collaborative publishing platform and a business incubator for entrepreneurial freelance journalists. His new initiative brings together diverse expert teams envisaging solutions to the Water-Food-Energy-Climate-Nexus. In addition, Uwe explores how journalists and visual storytellers can become agents for eco-social change and how education has to change accordingly.


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