My name is Santiago Martinez de Septien, engineer by profession and amateur photographer. Born in Burgos, on 64, and living now in Malaga, Spain. Father of a numerous family, I’ve always had a fascination for photography, but it was in these last few years that I’ve discovered it deeply.

I define myself as a “weekend photographer”. I actually work as an industrial engineer in Andalucía, but my interest in immortalizing moments surged many years ago.

As a young boy I took pictures of the fields of Castilla with disposable cameras. Mid 80s I discovered the magic of development thanks to a friend from college in Madrid, who taught me the art of capturing light in a silly box in those analog times. From the darkness, the images started projecting into a wet piece paper like magic.

Afterwards, when I finished my studies and started my professional life, the photographer fell asleep somewhere within me.

But the biggest breakthrough in photography for me took place a few years back when Susana, my wife, sold a watch she no longer used and gifted me my first digital camera. This allowed me to revive this hobby again.

My children, Rodrigo, Cristina and little Paula along with Susana, have been my first models, I owe them for their patience and stolen time.

With keen interest in street photography and portraits I have been influenced by classic photographers such as Cartier Bresson, Eliot Erwitt, , Brassai, Michael Kenna… who changed the way I see thinks.

International awards

  • IPA-LATIN 2018 "Discovery of the Year",
  • Vienna International Photography Awards 2020. Gold medal,
  • Minimalist Photography Awards 2020, "Street Photographer Of The Year"
  • Budapest International Photo Awards 2020. Gold medal,
  • TOKYO-2020 Editorial + Family. Jury Top 5 Selection
  • CHROMATIC AWARDS 2019, 1er prize in fine arts
  • Finalist 16th Lucie Awards. "Discovery of the Year" Oct 2018 New York 2020
  • Street Photography Awards 2020


  • Best of Show, New York Oct 2018.
  • Lucie Awards Week PX3 PARIS PHOTO AWARDS AND IPA 2018/19
  • ‚FOREMOST‘EXHIBITION. Jan 2020. Okinawa, Japan.
  • VIENNA INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARD, July 2020, Vienna Austria.
  • Best of Show, Bangkok Nov 2018
  • Best of Show, Manila, Philippines, Jun 2019
  • Best of Show, House of Lucie Los Angeles CA USA May 2019
  • Blipoint Festival 2019 Barcelona, Spain Oct 2019