Michael Barrington Martin - 60's & 70's
Originally Posted by David Nye
I knew Michael in London in the 1960's & 70's. His studio was in Glasshouse Street. Then a number of years later he moved to Goodge Street (I think that was the name but it was near the station). I never worked for him but used to help out in the studio when he was short handed.
His assistant at the time was Rodger Donald who I knew and still keep in touch with. He would know quite alot about the technical aspects of Michaels work.
But I do know he used a Linhof for outside work of buildings and in the studio as well. There was the normal Rolieflex and other cameras.
I sold him a Contraflex (I think that was the name) which was a 35MM SLR and at the time was a pretty good camera.
Whe I last knew him he was selling trannies from his large library and my wife was out selling to agents or studious or mags for him. I think it was called "stock shots" or something like, that but his big commissions had pretty much dried up. He was doing travel mags and catalogues and portfolios for wanna be models.
He had a small trawler which I knew about but I think he had sold it .. .but we used to go to Thetford Forest to cull the herd, where he had a rented cottage . We always ended up with a leg of Venison after a hunt which we became apt at roasting.
He was licensed to cull the heard and owned a couple of rifles with telescopic sights. These he used to leave in the VW camper and after we used the VW van we would find the rifles tucked away in the back and always alarmed at the consequences of being stopped. Never new what you would find in the VW.
He lived in a small apartment in Spring Street near to Paddington Station and many a small party with at least one beutiful woman present.
He was a very well read exotic character even though his reading was of a strange nature and he carried an excentric air about him.
I do not know or follow this site as I just on a whim I searced for him and found this blog. But I guess you guys are more interested in F stops and ASA speeds and such items as hasselblads. (Which he also had)
Not too sure where or how his story continued or possibly ended.
Barrington Martin - Status Since Thetford - jffrywrght
I have only just noticed the last entry in 2011 on this blog site after a couple of years, as everyone else seems to have done, and I am interested in knowing what happened to Michael.
In reply to Jeffery Wright (jffrywrght) of Thetford (7 Dec 2011) I would believe that the Camera used as a doorstop was my Zeiss Contarex that I mentioned.
But more to the point from the posts I think that Jeffery must be able to post info on Michaels last known address in Tetford or after, and hoprfully what happened to him.
We are all in the dark and it would be good to record Michael's last few years.
Hope some one can let us in this thread know more or follow-up info on this.