Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
AvailablityUsually ships within five business days. ArtistRuss Martin CollectionWalls
Description This is one of the first fine art color images that I ever made. It was taken in ship building yard in south Kingston, NY. They actually rebuild barges there that ply the Hudson River. When I made this image, I was influenced by the work of Aaron Siskind, who did abstracts of walls in black and white. My images were much further away from the wall though. and most importantly, in color. At that time, I was one of the only fine art color photographers in at least the NY area. I took my work around to the galleries in Manhattan, and all except one dismissed it as not salable, not art, or on technical grounds, being that it faded and was a poor investment. I didn't care though, and persisted. My friend and fellow gallery artist at the Alonzo Gallery on W. 57th St. says I should emphasize being a 'pioneer' of fine art color. I didn't think of that, but maybe I am.
Russ Martin, Hudson Valley Member Since September 2014 Artist Statement Mr. Martin is a citizen of the USA, having been born in upstate New York, and spending his youth in the small rural village of Clinton. When he was young, professional cameras and a fully equipped darkroom were ever present, his father being a part time professional. About the darkroom, he says, "there was a mystique about "that place. I wanted to know about it. It also seemed like it would be fun to make pictures and sell them to my friends." So, he convinced his father to teach him the basics of photography and darkroom procedures. Thus began a life long career as a fine art photographer. Later, he went on to study fine art photography and earn an MFA degree in the medium. After college, he found employment teaching photography in numerous colleges and high schools while he exhibited his work in New York City and the Tri State area. He is now retired, having done so in 2008, and spends most of his time on photography.
Over the years, Mr. Martin has photographed many different subjects and worked in numerous mediums. In the beginning, he worked exclusively with black and white materials, shooting, developing, and printing in the darkroom. In graduate school, he also concentrated on color, photographing urban subjects, and processing and printing it, when few others were. He has been called "a pioneer of fine art color" by some. Today, he works with digital cameras and has been shooting botanical subjects. The "Hosta Project" has won numerous international awards and feature articles have been published about him in national and international publications. a Google search on "Russ Martin photographer" will turn up many articles. Recently, his pictures have been featured in the UK, Australia, and the USA. His flora images of hosta plants have won first place awards in the Prix de la Photographie, Paris, the International Photography Awards (The Lucies), and the International Garden Photographer of the Year.