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.