(Photography) is the capture and projection of the delights of seeing; it is the defining of observation full and felt
— Walker Evans

 Martin Charles Buday

born 1976, doylestown, pa

currently living and working in philadelphia, pa



MFA, november 2003, savannah college of art and design, savannah, ga

BA, december 1999, university of pittsburgh, pa

spring 2000-spring 2001, pittsburgh filmmakers

solo exhibitions:

may 2003, MFA thesis show, "blandscape," oglethorpe row gallery, savannah, ga

selected group exhibitions:

february 2017, semifinalist, 91st annual international competition, the print center, philadelphia, pa

june 2015, "pivotal," james oliver gallery, philadelphia, pa

march 2014, honorable mention, ONWARD Compé '14, project basho, philadelphia, pa

june 2013, PPAC's 4th annual contemporary photography competition & exhibition, philadelphia photo arts center, philadelphia, pa

may 2013, at second glance, pei ling chan gallery, savannah, ga

august 2009, NEXT: emerging philadelphia photographers, philadelphia photo arts center

april 2008, is it possible to make a photograph of new jersey regardless of where you are in the world?, pierro gallery, south orange, nj

may 2006, PMPE phillips mill photographic exhibition, new hope, pa

may 2005, PMPE phillips mill photographic exhibition, new hope, pa

december 2004, "selections from silverworks," may poetter gallery, savannah, ga

spring 2003, "low county landscapes," exhibit a gallery, savannah, ga

january 2003, "small works," exhibit a gallery, savannah, ga

march 2002, "moving medium," starland gallery, savannah, ga


may 2015, france, planches contact 02

february 2015, italy, formagramma

june 2014, mossless issue three: the united states (2003-2013)

june 2013, flak photo

august 2012, australia, excerpt magazine issue 4

november 2011,  photo/arts magazine, "my own wilderness" cover image credit of the book included in the indie photo book library

may 2011,  troppo tardi

may 2011, conscientious

may 2011, lpv magazine

april 2011, newlandscapephotography

january 2011, urbanautica

october 2010, russian esquire

september 2008, dtown magazine, doylestown, pa

july 2007, flak photo

july 2007, the sonic blog, internationale fotografie

2005, mused magazine, issue 4, santa barbara, ca

2005, lensculture.com

2005, fstopmagazine.com

2005, filemagazine.com

2005, blir.net

2004, mooncruise.com

2004, suitcasemagazine.com

2003, silver works, savannah college of art and design, savannah, ga



     Stay Golden suggests ideas of the uncertainties and vulnerabilities of existing in the world through the direct and curious observation of our everyday environment. The series of photographs draws its name from some graffiti I came across misquoting the novel, The Outsiders, which in turn references Robert Frost. These images loosely depict everyday struggle and the desire to remain "golden", innocent and pure in a world of insecurities.     

     The series is an on-going photographic survey of everyday Americana: over-looked places, objects, buildings, vehicles, and signage. They are mostly vacant, emptied spaces, void of people but reeking of human presence.  I am fascinated by the decisions people make and why they make them. I look at the layering effect of these decisions over time and how they can transform common things. I love dry humor, playful relationships and quirky coincidences.

     Photography describes more than can be explained. It forces attention, the need to look and look again. I want to be rewarded with surprise and a re-charged awareness of my surroundings, enjoying the subtle mysteries and metaphors found in the commonplace.