Martial Schmeltz was born in Toulouse. Son of a painter, he was acquainted to image from an early age.  His aunt, a photo reporter, gave him his first camera. And then it all started…

Photography became a passion, so he took it seriously and went to a proper photography school. Then his passion became an obsession and he slowly moved on to moving images and started working as an assistant camera on feature film sets, which eventually led him to become a cinematographer.

His camera is alive, dynamic, illustrating the energy within the instant.


Martial has directed films for Chanel, Lancôme, Swarovski, Ralph Lauren, Pierre Balmain, Kaporal, De Fursac, Vogue, etc…

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