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Laurent Martres

About The Artist

I was born in Paris, France, and attended school in Paris, London, Barcelona, and several cities in Germany.


A couple of years after college, I did the best thing a young person can do to widen his or her horizons and gain an understanding of our world and its wonderful diversity: I set out on a 20‑month trip around the world.


From 1976‑1981, I lived in Tokyo, becoming a permanent resident of Japan and teaching French Studies at Sophia University. During this time, I also worked as a freelance photographer and pursued my research on the origins of Sumo and its ties with the Shinto religion, resulting in Sumo – Le Sport & le Sacré, published in 1984. My years in Japan have had a profound influence on my life, my philosophy, and my photography.


I immigrated to the United States in 1982, settling in Southern California where I created a firm specializing in software rights acquisition, as well as creation and management of corporate subsidiaries of European corporations.


In 1999, I permanently switched the company's focus to book publishing under the PhotoTripUSA Publishing imprint, spending a great deal of my time on the road writing and photographing my award-winning Photographing the Southwest series.


These days I do a fair amount of world travel and display my photography at a limited number of high-end art festivals, where I greatly enjoy interacting with patrons.

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  • Nov 14, 2024, 10:00 AM – Nov 17, 2024, 4:00 PM
    La Quinta, Civic Center, La Quinta, CA 92253, USA
    November 14, 2024 – November 17, 2024 | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Daily La Quinta Civic Center, 78495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA 92253, USA Artist Applications Open April 8 and close July 14, 2024. Register your contact details and we'll get in touch when tickets are available for sale.
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  • Feb 27, 2025, 10:00 AM – Mar 02, 2025, 5:00 PM
    La Quinta, Civic Center, La Quinta, CA 92253, USA
    February 27, 2025 – March 2, 2025 | 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily La Quinta Civic Center, 78495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA 92253, USA Artist Applications Open August 1 and close October 6, 2024 Register your contact details and we'll get in touch when tickets are available for sale.
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