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Affinity with Brazil:1982-Present, an exhibition of photographs by Charles Martin reflecting near four decades of his absorbed attraction with Brazil - its environment, people, customs, and architecture, will open at the June Kelly Gallery,  166 Mercer Street, on Friday, June 7.  The work will remain on view through August 2.

While Martin says his photographs are usually unplanned and carried out quickly, there is the sense of instantaneous and deep connection with his subjects.  Keen perceptiveness is probable primacy for Martin in his observation of everyday reality in Brazil - region after region.

Martinís photographs appear to capture sensation of the moment he grasps the experience.  Faithful observation of people and scenes demonstrate both personal sensitivity and artistic awareness by which he achieves balance between the aesthetic and narrative functions of his images.  Technical processing manipulation is not perceived in his finished photographs for Martinís selected captures are vetted initially through his critically discerning eye.

Martinís ingenious process with capturing images identifies him as neither pictorialist, portraying landscapes of nature, nor is his imagery of persons limited to perception as mere portraiture.  Rather, thereís the sense that Martin prompts thought beyond the immediate visual as he formats via his lens.

His perceptiveness and empathy for both his subject and its context reflect his ability to organize form, space, and light into spectacular compositions and artful visual dialogue.  Perhaps it is with purpose that Martinís dramatically vertical format in (Quiet Canal. Paraty, Brazil, 2012) places limitations on perspective in oneís mind.

Martin, who, began his travel to Brazil as a graduate student studying Portuguese enroute to the Ph.D. returned numerous times through the years to present papers at symposiums, teach literature, and exhibit his photographs.  He has appeared on Brazilian television, been published in Brazilian magazines, and given receptions for his book, Because of Algiers.

ďMy photographic subject is mainly my pleasure of being there, a place that feels more or less at home, as though it were a land of cousins.  As in family, there are so many points of view that you never know what to expect, or where things might lead.  The only certainty is tasty food, great music and good friends.Ē

Martin lives and works in New York.  He is a graduate of Yale University, where he also received a masterís degree and a doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese.  He studied photography at the Yale School of Art with Thomas Roma and JoAnn Walters.

Martinís photographs have been shown in numerous one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States, in Europe and in South America.  His work is included in many private and public collections, among them The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of the City of New York, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University and the Walter Heun Collection.


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