Martin Fuhrer studied photography in a commercial studio in his hometown near Basel in Switzerland for three years before moving to England where he applied to and was accepted by the National Film and Television School. Under the guidance and support of people such as Ossie Morris, Billy Williams and Brian Probyn, he studied cinematography and graduated in 1982.
Robby Muller, who he briefly met in London during his three year course would become another great inspiration throughout his early career.
Maybe his love for moving images has something to do with the fact that his father was a train driver and that Martin spent much of his youth in a train engine watching the landscape go by...
He is grateful for having been able to attend the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield at a time when cinemas in London played double bills every day. This was a great opportunity to learn and study the art of film making. At the same time the wealth of museums and galleries in London provided an immense and wonderful foundation for his life long journey working with images.
After graduation, a 10 year stint followed back home in Switzerland and the US, before settling in the United Kingdom where Martin became a resident in 1996.
His first credit as a Director of Photography was for a feature called “Nanou”, shot in Paris and directed by fellow graduate of the NFTS, Conny Templeman. A very young Daniel Day Lewis played the lead.
He collaborated with another fellow student Harry Hook on the film “Lord of the Flies,” and an HBO production, “The Last of his Tribe,” which earned Martin a Cable Ace Award in the US. With Brian Gilbert he worked on “Tom & Viv”, a biography about TS Elliot with Willem Dafoe and Miranda Richardson in the lead. “Wilde” was another production with Brian Gilbert, starring Stephen Fry as Oscar Wilde, and co-starring Jude Law and Michael Sheen.
In 1997 he was fortunate to be invited by John Schlesinger to shoot the TV production of “Sweeney Todd” with Sir Ben Kingsley and Joanna Lumley in the lead roles. It was at a time when television didn’t have the best reputation and John didn’t even like the word ‘television’. This meant the entire crew studiously avoided the dreaded word, except of course the producers... John made the shoot a wonderful and relaxing experience. Sadly he died not long afterwards.
A wonderful and supportive Alex Thomson proposed for him to become a member of the BSC in the year 2003.
In 2016 Martin was nominated for the BSC Best Cinematography in a Television Drama for “An Inspector Calls,” directed by Aisling Walsh, a close friend he has worked with on several other TV productions.
He worked on numerous films and television productions throughout Continental Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.
Latest credits: “White Lines” directed by Nick Hamm, “Origin” directed by Juan Carlos Medina, “The Collection” directed by Dearbhla Walsh, “Outlander” directed by Mike Barker and Anna Foerster, “A Poet In New York” directed by Aisling Walsh