William Martin

I am photojournalist and filmmaker with a passion for cultivating positive social change. I explore the world to help tell the stories of those who would not normally be heard. 

I first began exploring the intersection between human rights and documentary work during my undergraduate courses. A Cuban Family, a photo essay detailing one family’s struggles living under an oppressive government in Cuba—placed Gold in the Global 69th College Photographer of the Year, Documentary Category.

Over the last five years my projects have ranged from photojournalism in Ghana, to short documentaries in New York, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Guatemala—the emphasis always placed on giving a voice to underrepresented communities.

After graduating from NYU, I worked as Director of Video at Fresco News and eventually lead a team of editors in producing daily news videos. I also pitched several documentary ideas to Fresco News and was given the opportunity to produce, shoot, and edit them. In doing so, I developed the skills to create vivid documentaries with quick deadlines, with low-budgets, and with minimal support.

Currently freelancing, I've recently been published with Al Jazeera Plus and BRIC for human rights pieces I've pitched, shot, and edited.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss a potential video/photo opportunity, feel free to e-mail me at


I am currently based in Brooklyn, NY.


  • Graduate of NYU TISCH Photography & Imaging with Honors
  • NYU Founders Day Award: highest bracket of scholastic achievement
  • Gold Winner, Global 69th College Photographer of the Year, Documentary Category
  • Thomas Drysdale Production Fund Recipient
  • Tisch Departmental Award for Social Practice
  • Gareth Hughes Memorial Scholarship Recipient
  • Global Pathways Scholarship Recipient
  • PDN Photo Annual Winner in Emerging Talent
  • Santander Universities Study Award Scholarship Recipient
  • Valedictorian of Grants Pass High School