Ian received the Getty Images grant to pursue his project "Hidden Minority: South Africa's White Poor." He spent over three months photographing in South Africa in the fall of 2008 and beginning of 2009. Ian has created a book of the work and is now seeking publication for it.
Photographing for Newsweek in February and March of 2009, Ian spent two and a half weeks in Arizona and North Carolina covering law enforcement efforts to contain violence spawned by Mexican drug trafficking organizations. In May of 2008, Newsweek sent him to Texas and El Salvador to photograph the repatriation of 120 Salvadorans who were deported by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. On these assignments, Ian worked exclusively in black and white.
From the beginning of 1997 through the middle of 2000, Ian worked for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia. His assignments for The Pilot were broad in scope covering three hurricanes, general news, sports and fashion. In 1998, he spent a month living on various US Navy ships that were patrolling the Persian Gulf enforcing UN sanctions against Iraq. Other documentaries included an in-depth look at life in a Virginia Beach police academy; Marine Corps training; an exhaustive look at the James River and the fading, centuries-old culture of Tangier Island in Chesapeake Bay.
In 2000, Ian left The Pilot to return home to Northern California. In 2001, he launched Ian Martin Wedding Photojournalism, a business that allows him to pursue his documentary photography without compromise.