Martyn (Max) Adelman was born in Hampstead, London, just after WWII. His father, Ivor, was an artist and designer, and Max was surrounded from an early age by powerful graphic design which influenced his interpretation of the photographic image in later years. Studied Art at Watford College of Technology and Typographical Design at the London College of Printing, graduated, then joined a band - The Syn - as drummer, which was later to become the Progressive Rock band Yes. Left to work in graphic design until lent a Contax camera by his girlfriend's father and became hooked on the black and white image and the 'pure magic' of photography.
Decided to leave graphics and hunt around for an assistant's job in photography. Joined Donald Silverstein's studio, an extrovert New Yorker based in London, where he worked his way up from fourth to first assistant and was involved with a wide variety advertising work including the now legendary Pirelli Calendar. Spent three very happy, hard and instructive years with Silverstein, leaving to go freelance. Travelled in Africa for nearly four months covering eight countries for the Department of Overseas Development, a government body set up to promote UK investment. Set up first studio in Notting Hill Gate during the 70?s, and started a long and rewarding relationship with the Readers Digest/Automobile Association, shooting landscape photography for travel books and became involved with shooting corporate work for De La Rue.
After a two year excursion working in Paris, moved to a new studio in London's Soho during the 80's, where he started prowling the streets looking for night people to photograph. On the strength of the pictures, picked up commissioned portrait work from The Face, (working for the renowned typographer Neville Brody), and Blitz magazines, plus a host of work from the Sunday Supplements and Women's Magazines. Approached by Ilford for the use of his images for publicity purposes and was later represented by Freddie Brazil, one of the UK's top photographic agents, moving on to shoot advertising campaigns for British Telecom, Rabobank, Proctor and Gamble and De Beers.
In 1990, he decided to take a week off from his urban studio to walk part of the South West Coast path. This led to yearly visits walking different sections of the path a week at a time and which has ultimately changed his photographic view point resulting in Max living part of his time in Cornwall.
Now known to his friends as Max, he is currently focussing his work on the huge changes in photography, redirecting his driving vision to accommodate the new technologies of the digital age, while not losing sight of old disciplines and standards.
Coming full circle Max is once more embarking on his greatest passion, black and white portrait, landscape and editorial photography.
Exhibitions include the Association of Photographers gallery.
Features in the British Journal of Photography magazine,
Forthcoming exhibitions: The Arts Club, Penzance, April 23rd- 6th May 2007 Dimbola Lodge, I.O.W. (Julia Margaret Cameron Museum) June/July 2008
In June 2007 Max was made an associate member of the Newlyn Society of Artists.