Charles Martin

cmartinfoto@gmail.com United States


CHARLES MARTIN is a photographer, filmmaker, writer and past chair of Comparative Literature at Queens College-City University of New York. A new exhibition of his photography—Faces, Figures, Fantasy—opens Saturday, April 27, 6-9 pm, at Global Vision Gallery, 87 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217, and runs until May 16, 2024.

Group photo shows include the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and a MoMA travelling show to Spain, Italy and Ireland; Museum of the City of São Paulo (Brazil), Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York Public Library, Leica Gallery (NY) and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Solo exhibitions include Museu Histórico e Artístico do Maranhão (São Luís do Maranhão, Brazil), the Musée Public National d’Art Moderne et Contemporain (Algiers, Algeria), Musée de la Halle St. Pierre (Paris) and Alice Austen House Museum (Staten Island, NY). Martin exhibits frequently in New York where, at June Kelly Gallery, he has had eight solo shows. In Brazil he has exhibited also in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Cuiabá, Mato Grosso.

His photo website is CHARLES MARTIN UMAXXI.

The Instituto Histórico e Geográfico do Maranhão has honored him with nomination and election to Sócio Correspondente. In Porto Alegre’s weekly on-line magazine, Parêntese, his photography has been featured several times, as well as an essay on Albert Camus’s La Peste, and an interview touching photography and literature, including his introduction, “Uma Rara Visão Livre,” to the 1988 edition of the novel Úrsula, by Maria Firmina dos Reis, the once overlooked but ground-breaking, importantly innovative early black novelist of Brazil.

Martin was a writer for the Philadelphia Bulletin and the New London Day, editor of The Scene (newsletter of the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Center), and published book reviews in the New York Times. He has contributed articles—some from his series, Caption to the Visual—and poetry and photography to various journals—both print and on-line.

Martin is fluent in Portuguese and French, and has been Artist in Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock.

Monographs include Because of Algiers (2013) and Ferryboat (2000).

For videos: visit UMAXXI, his YouTube channel.