Martin Evening Obituary, Death – Martin was a world-famous expert on Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, and he wrote one of the best-selling series of books on Photoshop. He worked for AP until our 11 October issue, when doctors told him he couldn’t work anymore. AP editor Nigel Atherton was in charge of the memorials. “I met Martin for the first time in 1996, when digital photography was just starting out. He was one of the first people to join the Association of Photographers’ Digital Image Group. I asked him to write a six-part series for AP that would introduce readers to the world of pixels. It would be the first guide to digital photography ever written for AP.
“When he was Editor of What Digital Camera, he wrote a monthly column for me called “Evening Class.” When I moved back to AP, I took the column with me.” So Martin’s contributions have been constant for almost all of my time as a publisher, and I don’t remember a single column being late or not up to par. He was the best kind of professional. He was very careful, knew a lot about digital photography and Photoshop, and could explain even the most complicated things in a way that a beginner could understand. Because of this, millions of photographers all over the world used his best-selling books to learn how to use Photoshop and Lightroom.
Since his books made him famous, it was easy to forget that he was also a very good photographer. Martin was always quiet, kind, and patient. He was a pleasure to work with. He had a lot of talent and will be missed very much. Geoff Harris, who was AP’s Deputy Editor for most of last year and hired Martin, said, “I owe Martin a lot. Not only is he a great asset to AP, but his books taught me how to use Lightroom before I joined the magazine.” He was the only one who could explain photo editing programs from a photographer’s point of view.