M. Holden Warren


Holden graduated in Philosophy from Clemson University then briefly taught high school before joining the Peace Corp serving 27 months in the Kingdom of Tonga. After completing his service he traveled extensively, living in Fiji Thailand and Hawaii for periods of time before landing on the set of a french feature film in Namibia, evolving into a long apprenticeship in Paris and 6 continents with Debra Kellner and Eric Valli. As he learned in Paris, Holden started Niu Image a production company/ art collective to make films and stage art happenings and it has grown into a professional artistic endeavor.


An award winning cinematographer/director Holden was the director of photography on How I Got Over by Nicole Boxer and the forth coming French Dirty by the Allain/Marcus brothers. Holden is currently editing and filming Ballad of Baltimore and will be editing Selling Tomorrow to Save Today in fall, both for the 2015 festivals and international television.


An internationally published photographer, Holden has produced stories for Geo, Urbanite, Bright Ideas. He shot fashion in Paris for WM, in DC for Washington Life and exhibited his work at Galerie W in Paris and in the Kingdom of Tonga (with the help of the amazing Atea). He is currently working a photo book project with the Maryland Historical Society on the Arabbers of Baltimore.


A community activist, Holden is a member of the Baltimore Free Farm, is vice president of the arabber preservation society and is working to end the 10 year dirk bike stand off in Baltimore city. Next year Holden will be attending the University of the South Pacific for a masters in Polynesian Studies and Development, creating a visual art project focusing on the economics outer islands of Tonga.

Holden loves street art and is envious of all his street artist friends as he continues to dance around it and putting up work here and there. One day he will just go for it. Till then he works on organizing projects using street art as the first money in on development projects, creative capital as the lead interest, dialog not dollars.

Holden is available for collaboration as a photographer, director, cinematographer and consultant. Holden is driven to work on projects of the people making a sustainable impact on the future. Currently based in Baltimore he is available for projects worldwide.

A native english speaker, Holden is conversationally fluent in French and Tongan.