Peter Martin

Terry Fox started his cross-Canada run without a lot of fanfare or media coverage, but by the time he reached southern Ontario, it was front-page news across the country. Peter Martin was a young photojournalist working for the Journal Record in Oakville, Ontario, when he found out that Terry’s route would take him through Oakville, along Lakeshore Road.
It was the light of the police car headlamp that created the unique halo around Terry’s silhouette and made this photo stand out from all the others taken of him to that point. Out of the six frames shot of him in silhouette, only one succeeded. And it became the iconic image for the story of one young man with a pure heart and a single dream who would inspire many millions of people around the world for decades to come.
This photo was chosen in 2008 by Canada’s Natural History Society as #4 of the Top 10 Photos That Changed Canada.
“The photo didn’t really change my life or my career, but I was certainly very proud, as I still am today, that I was able to be part of a truly Canadian story of a true Canadian hero,” says Peter.

Peter Martin is an internationally recognized award winning Canadian Photojournalist who, in the last 30 years, has photographed over 15,000 assignments: from fashion in Tahiti to Formula 1 in Italy and everything in between.
 He began his long career at the Oakville Journal Record. After 3 years he moved to the Edmonton Sun and finally the Montreal Gazette where in 2004, after 16 years, he resigned to pursue personal assignments and book projects.
In 2008 his photograph of Terry Fox, taken during his Marathon of Hope, was chosen by Canada’s National History Society as one of “10 Images That Changed Canada”. The photo, at number 4, was chosen by a select group of Canada’s premier photographers, photo-editors, and photography instructors who were asked to select 10 photos from Canada’s past that, they felt, had the greatest influence and impact on the country.