Martine Côté was born in Quebec City, Quebec, in 1981. Following completion of her music studies in saxophone at Conservatoire de musique de Québec, Côté earned a Bachelor’s degree in business in Canada and France. It was her business studies that opened her to the world of communications where she developed a critical eye vis-a-vis the image and the message. She states the following about her photography practice:
“To compose an image, I use my camera as a brush and the elements that surround me as the tubes of paint. The exposure is long, opening a temporal perspective that expands and articulates visually around the horizon, my favorite motif inspired and nourished by the work of the painters Eugène Jansson, Rita Letendre and Jean-Paul Lemieux.”
Through her work and studies, she has developed a rigorous approach to photography inspired by artistic and architectural photographers with whom she has collaborated.
Côté lives and creates in Toronto, Ontario.