Andy Martinez began his self-taught photographic career in 1988. His first project, using a borrowed Olympus OM10, documented a traveller community off Queens Road in Peckham, South London. The black-and-white images formed part of his first exhibition and were published in the South London Press.
The following year, in 1989, Martinez travelled to Florida as assistant to Julian Woollet and Dave Towend. He found time to put together his own series of images from the Bikers Convention in Daytona Beach.
As well as working in fashion, for the likes of infamous underground magazine Blow, and in the music industry for Polydor, Go Discs and various independent labels. Publications include The Telegraph, Time Out and the Evening Standard
Since then, in bodies of work such as Lambeth Walk (2006–2011), Martinez has built up a substantial archive, in both colour and black-and-white, of ordinary people in their communities in the UK. With commissions for Anti-Slavery International and Minority Rights Group International he has also travelled to India to document lower caste groups such as the Dalits and the Siddis, highlighting their struggles against prejudice, violence and bonded labour. This is a continuing project and includes portraits of the Siddis of Karnartaka and Gujarat.