John F. Martin – The Early '70s Manhattan
Lens Magazine|March 2021
"This series was shot around Manhattan in the early '70s. I was using a Pentax Spotmatic loaded with Tri-X film. I processed the film and printed it. These are scans from the prints and negatives".

John F. Martin (Graton, CA) has exhibited in many solo and group shows, the 2015 Soho Photo Gallery National Competition and Exhibition in New York, and as Juror's Choice in FACES, in the Darkroom Gallery in Vermont.

In February 2014, John signed a contract with Amadeus Press, a division of Hal Leonard, for In Character: Opera Portraiture; it was released in November 2014 and has since been highly reviewed. His individual portraits of SF Opera Orchestra and Chorus are displayed in the San Francisco opera programs.

In addition to his monograph, John's photographs are featured at the Fowler Museum of Cultural History's permanent collection and were included in Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou, edited by Donald J. Cosentino. Other publications include a commemorative book on Amy Tan's opera, The Bonesetter's Daughter, periodicals such as Visual Artbeat, and blogs such as Elizabeth Avedon, F-Stop Magazine, and Lenscratch.

The SFMOMA Artists Gallery represents his work.

As an early digital adopter, John was involved in educating other photographers and graphic artists in the move from film to digital technology, as founder and director of the nonprofit corporation U.S. Digital Imaging Group. He was a faculty member on digital photography and spoke at MacWorld and Seybold conferences.

John has taught Introduction to Large Format Photography, Quality of Light, Digital Studio, and drop-in digital workshops at the Academy of Art University. He has been an invited lecturer at the Academy of Art University, at Berkeley Community College, and at City College of San Francisco. He was a digital tech at the Harvey Milk Photo Center.

In June 2008, he attended Review Santa Fe, and in 2011 he was awarded a fellowship for Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

John's work has twice been a subject of Open Show San Francisco, an organization that hosts live events for the public to experience various kinds of visual art.

John has studied at the School of Visual Arts, New York City; City College, San Francisco; and Stanford Continuing Studies.

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SOLO SHOWS

  • Solo show, Aging with Attitude, Christie Marks Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA, 2017
  • Solo show, In Character, SFMOMA Artists' Gallery, Fort Mason Center, SF, 2017
  • Solo show, In Character, Photo Oakland, Oakland, CA, November–December 2012
  • Solo show In Character, Synopsys Corporation, Mountain View, CA, November 2008
  • Solo show, In Character, Gallery 645, San Francisco, CA, August 2008

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