First 50 Years of Photography with Jeff Martz: Part 5

Part 5: The Art of Photography

Thursday, August 8, 2013, at 7PM

Free, Various Evenings 

You are invited to join photographer and art historian Jeffrey Martz for a tour through the astonishing first 50 years of photography. In this series, we will explore the origins, the pioneers, the journeys, the expansion, and the art of a medium that revolutionized human communication.  Using the best possible reproductions we will see the technologies, practitioners, and key works that made photography central to the story of the world.  The series is intended for both the newcomer to this history and the curious expert looking to contribute to the discussion.  See you there!

Thursday, August 8, 2013, at 7PM – Part 5: The Art of Photography

 The impulse to create beauty finds new expression in the camera.  Academically-trained professionals and avant-garde amateurs push photography into the realm of fine art.  A debate stirs around the artistic efficacy of machine-made imagery and the role of its operator.  By the end of the century, art itself will never be the same.  Join photographer and art historian Jeffrey Martz for an evening of high definition imagery and discussion featuring the works of Henry Peach Robinson, Julia Margaret-Cameron, Peter Henry Emerson, and many more.

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Lady Clementina Hawarden         Untitled photographic study           early 1860’s

Bio: A seasoned traveler and fine art photographer, Jeff Martz earned his MFA in Photography from Utah State in 1997.  He has taught graduate Art History at his alma mater and currently teaches photography at Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo.