Martin U.

Martin has lived almost continuously since 1957 in what is now the Saint-Sulpice district. The only child of a Hungarian couple who met in Quebec, he was possibly the only allophone at Marguerite d'Youville school in 1960. He grew up nearby the Crémazie Boulevard and witnessed in his youth the demolition of houses on Lajeunesse and Berri streets to make way for the Crémazie metro station. He also explored the St-Hubert woodland behind the first institutions of what would become the Ahuntsic College in the late 60s. At that time, nothing of what is now the Domaine Saint-Sulpice was built.

At home, conversations were conducted in a mixture of Hungarian, French and English. His father, who poorly mastered French, had however managed to learn vernacular Portuguese with co-workers in Montreal at a job where that community was well represented. Martin takes pride in the quality of his written French. Still young, his mother, outraged by the speech level of a Director of the Marguerite d'Youville School withdrew him from that school and registered him at The Collège Français.

Today, he lives with a long time girlfriend from Saguenay and his son from a first marriage now lives on the North Shore. One would say that he is well integrated into the Quebec society. I would even say that he followed the ups and downs of our political life better than many of his fellow citizens.

This man who proudly poses with his camera accountant. However, he is a real photo enthusiast who prefers photojournalism to art photography. He documents his life and that of his city. You can get an idea of his practice by visiting his Flickr site.