Martin O’Connor is a native Nashvillian specializing in dance and fine art photography. Many of his photos have graced the pages of state organization’s brochures and publicity materials including The Dancer Project, The Nashville Ballet, Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville, Franklin School of Performing Arts, University School of Nashville, Vanderbilt University Dance, Middle Tennessee State University Dance, Governor’s School of the Arts, Blue Moves Dance, Suspended Gravity, and numerous private dance schools and individuals. Additional organizations displaying his work include St. Thomas Hospital Midtown, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, Tennessee Oncology, The Renaissance Center, The East Nashville YMCA, and the Gordon Jewish Community Center. Martin has been a fervent advocate of the art of dance for many years.
In 2008, he received the Dance Advocate Award from the Tennessee Association of Dance. When presenting the award, the note that “his stunning images illustrate both his passion for the art form and the beauty of the art. His eye for detail and compassionate spirit make him a popular photographer for dancers.”
Martin’s current collaboration with The Dancer Project Conservatory is a result of his long-time friendship with Artistic Director Jennifer Drake. The two artists crossed paths as far back as 2007 when she first arrived in town and began teaching at local studios. Their collaborations continued over the years when time and scheduling allowed. Martin is honored to be a part of The Dancer Project Inc.'s board and a strong supporter of Jennifer's belief in making dance more accessible to the community in addition to spreading the art form itself to a broader audience. Jennifer’s tireless spirit and phenomenal gifts as a teacher make for a unique and inspirational experience to any and all who are fortunate to meet and work with her.