"As a transaction, taking a photograph sounds free and easy, but like most things, quickly complicates. The currency of Carl Martin’s pictures is the cash of curiosity; time well spent in the presence of a new neighbor, in a friend’s backyard. Earnest, ongoing delight in discovering a new way to witness what’s familiar.These are pictures of persistent freshness." - Michael David Murphy
My practice for over twenty-five years has been to acknowledge and elevate existing culture using the intersection of subtle human gesture and a built social environment. Say, a casual side glance, a slight shifting of weight on one leg, the fold and tone of a particular arm, or the slight body twist and raising of face just over the shoulder to engage a viewer, within a sub or urban setting. I think that artists create moments with perspective and gesture to define a new entity. I believe that these entities can speak to our humanity and experience as human beings and communicate a link and alignment within ourselves to others.
The work in this book spans the decade of the 1990ʻs to about 2001 or so. During that time period I was lucky enough to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship to support this project. There are several bodies of work within this project that have amalgamated as a single entity, which, as I write this, has no overarching title. The collections within the work, all made in Athens, GA, are specifically: Men Of Georgia, Towards Salvage, Elevator, Downtowners, and Systems of Organization. The smaller bodies of work within the project represent different conceptual approaches to the culture of a small town; I would try to convince myself that I was “doing something entirely new” only to realize later that my stance was very much the same, looking at the same material with a slightly different framework. It was like peeling an onion, different layers but the same onion, and not from a traveler's perspective, but as a working member of the community. I hope the amalgamated body of work speaks clearly about the experience of being human and communicates a link and alignment within ourselves to others. The goal has always been to “construct” an image, almost like a building, from the raw elements that we find in our community. My thoughts are that this structural framework would give an image a sculptural presence, a little bit of power, that could allow it to reach an audience and hence allow the subject a rightful due of attention.
I am thrilled that this edit from these bodies of work is now being published as this book, simply titled Carl Martin, by Fall Line Press, based in Atlanta, GA in 2018.
Thank you immensely for your support, we truly cannot make this book without you so every donation makes a difference!
Carl Martin: The Book Details
- The book will feature approximately 37 color plates, 21 black and white duotone images and essays by two authors of literary and artistic renown: Tim Davis and Michael David Murphy.
- The book will be a hardcover, fine art photography book in a large trim size of 9.5" x 11.765" and will be approximately 80 pages.
- It will also feature high-end printing on archival paper with varnish on all photographs.
- The case will be covered in a fine weave linen cloth with foil stamping.
- The Edition will be 500.
"The Carl Martin photographs, taken in Athens, Georgia, over a span of 25 years is a meditation on the nature of what it is for a human being to see and be seen – how do we present ourselves to the world and how is that presentation received – what does it mean? Ultimately this is not a document that is specific to a place or time. It is more akin to a universal canvasing and inventory of the human condition in the ordinary. Yet this plain, clear taking-in with a camera and film places us in closer touch with the quirky, transcendent living presence of Carl's Athens, Georgia, neighbors and friends than you might have ever have imagined possible. We feel we are looking through Carl’s eyes. And we are amazed. Supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship these photographs found Carl and fortunately they have now found us all. A beautiful, truthful portrait in almost 60 pictures of our time and place and people. Fall Line Press is grateful to have a hand in moving this book into the world and we are grateful to our friends on Kickstarter for helping us make it happen."
Publisher, Fall Line Press — Atlanta, Georgia 2018
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Risks and challenges
The risks of publishing a photo book include delays in design, pre-press, and print production. However, Fall Line Press and I are experienced in these challenges and, with the realization of our goal, we will ensure the book is published by September 2018 in time for a launch party and exhibition that we are planning.
Use of Funds
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