Career path

The first step

1979

First foreign report on trafficking sea turtles. See portfolio

1980

Joins the Jacana photographic agency

1982

Guilde Européenne du Raid award winner for an exploration journey to Aldabra Atoll

1986

Publication in LUnivers du Vivant

1989

Awarded first prize by the Dotation Kodak Grand Reportage for Expédition Thylacine

PROFESSIONAL BEGINNINGS

1992

Featured in the prestigious Gamma photo agency

1993

First USA press publications: Life, Time magazine, National Enquirer

1994

The book libellules, with text by Denis Boyar, is published by Editions La Martinière
Production of the libellule exhibition

1995

The book Australie is published by Editions Solar. Co-authored by Houria Arhab
Publications in Terre sauvage, Figaro magazine, Chasseur d’Images

1996

Launch of the first Macrophotography Traineeships

1997

First freelance order for GEO magazine

1998

The book Le Poitou & les Charentes is published by Editions Larousse

1999

Publication in National Geographic

2000

The book Photographier la nature, with text by Denis Boyar, is published by Editions La Martinière.
Launch of the Arche photographique project

2001

Collaboration with photographic agencies: Grazia Neri, Sunset et Bios
Production of Photographier la nature exhibition

2002

The book La Macrophotographie, with text by Ronan Loaëc, is published by Editions La Martinière
Production of MicroMégas interactive exhibition

2003

The book Les Oiseaux du monde, with text by Myriam Baran, is published by Editions La Martinière
Production of Les Oiseaux du monde exhibition

2004

The book Les Oiseaux racontés aux enfants is published by Editions La Martinière jeunesse

2005

Coverage of the publicity campaing for the advertsing agency HHCL/UNITED London for
Sky News: billboard, press, television, internet.

2006

Production of Rainforest exhibition
Joins Objectif Nature as Tour leader

2007

Launch of the Wildlife photography Traineeships

2008

Presentation of the Pour toi Madagascar exhibition at the Senate in Paris

2009

The book Papillons du monde, with text by Myriam Baran, is published by Editions La Martinière

2010

The book Les oiseaux, with text by Catherine Levesque, is published by Editions Milan
Publications in Bild, BBC Wildlife Magazine,The Guardian, Popular Photography

2011

Production of the Biosphere interactive exhibition
Corporate : photo order by the RCP communication agency for The Château de Chenonceau : diary, cards, calendar, limited editions

2012

Launch of the new workshop Macrophoto XXL with accredited training body status

2013

Production of the 2027 - Mémoires d’un dos argenté exhibition and happening

2014

Filmmaking 2027 - Mémoires d’un dos argenté

2015

Launch of the Biospher Pictures photo / video agency

2016

Setup of the Top floor Studio hybrid space, both artist’s studio and gallery.
In order to warn a large audience about the biodiversity disappearing issue worldwide, Gilles Martin went to New York and installed posters, pastings and stencils

2017

Second street art campaign in New York in the disctricts of Brooklyn, Manhattan, Chinatown, Bushwick and Williamsburg
Exhibition Street art à New York at the galerie Gabillet

2018

Exclusive contract with the IFREMER to shot macro and microphotographs of deep water meiofauna within the context Pourquoi pas les abysses ?. Project conducted with the italian oceanographer Daniela Zeppilli. Expedition period : 2 years.
Publication of the portfolio Street art à New York in magazines Chasseur d'Images and TMV

2019
Contract with the IRBI (Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l'Insecte). Macro / microphotography and scanning electron microscope photography. This research project named APR «BioControleTermite» aims at the permanent protection of the heritage through ecoresponsible biological control and biocontrol of termites.
Exhibition « Why not the abyss? » will be presented in Nantes from June 29 to July 10, 2019 at the Festival de La Mer XXL. An event inspired by the universal exhibitions of the early 20th century mixing art, industry and technology.
Illustration Happening 2027 - Memoirs of a silverback

Happening 2027 - Memoirs of a silverback

Photograph by Gilles Martin of the studio / gallery Top Floor Studio

Creation of the  studio / gallery Top Floor Studio

Photograph by Gilles Martin of a street art campaign in New York

Street art campaign in New York

Photograph by Gilles Martin of a polychaete for the project Pourquoi pas les abysses ?

Project with the IFREMER « Pourquoi pas les abysses ? »
© Gilles Martin / Ifremer

Photograph by Gilles Martin of a termite soldier protecting the eggs of the colony.

Termite soldier protecting the eggs of the colony.
©
 Gilles Martin / IRBI