Martin Testar is a Director of Photography who has contributed to many artist’s films, including works by Jane and Louise Wilson, Mark Wallinger, Steve McQueen, Mark Lewis, Ori Gersht, Mark Leckey, Simon Martin, and Johan Grimonprez. His wide-ranging practice also includes shooting commercials, music videos, short films and TV idents. His familiarity with studio/location lighting and elaborate camera movement is the key to his work, and uniquely he owns Red Dragon, Black Magic Pocket Camera and 16mm full camera kits.
He worked on numerous feature films and TV commercials as a first assistant camera and then camera operator and considers that to be his 'schooling'.He worked with Oscar winning DOPs including Billy Williams and David Watkin, whilst on commercial projects he has had opportunity to observe product photography, motion control and highly elaborate set-ups. In addition, he is a contributing lecturer to the MA Fine Art and BA hons Media and Communications at Goldsmiths.