Claire Martin is a documentary photographer who initially started her career in Social Work, but later changed her focus to photography after realizing the change that she could assist in bringing about through her work behind the lens. Martin’s work has jolted her to international notoriety for her ongoing photo documentation and essays of “marginalized communities within prosperous nations” who usually go ignored by society members. Martin is currently based out of Perth Western Australia.
I strongly, strongly, strongly (that’s three “strongs”!) urge folks to go to Martin’s site to view more of her work. All of her images are accompanied by texts that describe and explain her subjects in full with background stories as well.
Claire’s commentary on the photos:
Rose has lived in the Downtown East Side for over 20 years. She lives in a half way home and feeds the birds everyday at 2pm. She told me they are her only friends.
Tony lives in the Downtown Eastsidein the same building as his brother and sister in law. They have all been addicted to heroin for around 25 years. Tony lost his wife to AIDS 5 year ago. They had twin daughters who were born HIV positive and were taken away by the state immediately after birth. Tony is on the Methodone program, but continues to use heroin. Despite all the tragedies this drug has inflicted on his life he is still unable to quit. Here he eats cream pie I brought for him.