Christoph Marti is a Swiss fashion photographer and designer. He is famous for his abstract and distinctive photographs. Marti was born in Biberist and started his apprenticeship as a cook in 2012, which he successfully completed in 2015.
He was awarded the Youth Prize (Jugendförderpreis) for the canton of Solothurn and afterwards sat as a member of the award jury for 3 years. In 2014, Marti began working in fashion photography and has since done photo shoots in various countries, such as Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France and Great Britain. Some of his works are inspired by other fashion photographers, such as Kristian Schuller. In 2015, Marti was nominated for the 2014 Media Prize (Medienpreis) Aargau-Solothurn in the category “film” with a movie about food waste.
Let us start from the very beginning. In July 2014, a great chapter of my life started. With a good friend of mine I opened my first photographic studio under the name of V&M (Veser and Marti). Eventually, due to time constraints, our ways parted in October and I started doing TFP independently and paid photo shoots. It was with great enthusiasm I was able to introduce many people to the world of “people-photography”. Furthermore, I was also able to use my passion for photography within my post of executive editor at the CE magazine, alongside Elizabeta Stankovic.
My fascination increased more and more. After about a hundred photo shoots, I decided to pass on my experience and I founded my own self-named model agency. At the highpoint of the agency we had up to 24 models under contract. All of them worked with superb photographers and make-up artists and had photo shoots all over Europe.
In August 2015 however, I realised that the effort of handling a model agency was becoming increasingly stressful. The capacities of our small team were becoming overstretched and after a reorganisation, we had to put 14 models on the waiting list. Thanks to the new structure of our agency, we were able to organize the jobs and care of our models even more efficiently.
At the end of September 2015, I had to make one of the most important decisions of my life. Because the stress was becoming too difficult to cope with and my passion was beginning to fade away, partly due to the simply too small size of our team, I unfortunately had to close down the agency.
Today, I am self-employed with a professional team of make-up artists, stylists and models, all working on a freelance-basis. I am still supporting models as a mentor and coach.
After having published my first collection in spring 2015, a second one is in the making, having its premier in June 2016 in Solothurn.
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