Romeo Martinez was born in 1911 . He studied in Spain, Italy, Turkey and Belgium, and in the early ’30s began working in Paris in illustrated journalism. Join the War in Spain and obtained French citizenship in 1939.
His career in illustrated publishing resumed after the Second World War with the magazine “Occident”. He is also the creator of a magazine dedicated to contemporary man, “Monsieur”, which comes out in Switzerland since 1951 and, since 1953, he directed “Camera” for which, until 1964, he was the editor in chief and from 1966 to 1975 co-editor.
He organized the editions of the International Photography Biennale in Venice from 1957 to 1965, and also directed the editorial series Bibliothek der Fotografie e Photography=Men and Movements for the publisher C.- J.Bucher of Lucerne, and I Grandi Fotografi for the publisher Fabbri.
Consultant of the Centre Pompidou , for whom he created the Department of Iconography, a board member of the Société Française de Photographie and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fotografie. He received in 1981 the Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris. He died in Paris on 13th November 1990.