IRA W. MARTIN  (B. 1886, LENNON, MI – D. 1960, NEW YORK, NY)

EDUCATION

ca. 1910         Studied art, Santa Barbara, CA

1918-1919       Clarence H. White School of Photography

 

TEACHING

1935-1937
Advanced Pictorialism, Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences

1937-1940
Photographic Composition, Pictorial Photographers of America

1940, 1944
Lecture demonstration series, Pictorial Photographers of America

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1918
Aerial Photographer, Signal Corps, France

1920-1922
Employed at advertising firm, Stanford Briggs

1922-1925
Executive Committee Member, Pictorial Photographers of America

1923-1960
Photographer, Frick Art Reference Library

1924-1926
Chairman, Pictorial Photographers of America print competition

1926
Jury Member, Pictorial Photography in America

1926-1929
Editorial Board Member, Pictorial Photography in America

1927-1937
President, Pictorial Photographers of America

1927-ca.1942
Director of International Salons, Pictorial Photographers of America

1934-1944
Director, International Salon of Photography

1936
Editor Panel, U.S. Camera Annual

1937-?
Jury Member, Modern Section, Pictorial Photographers of America Salon

1941
Salon Director, Pictorial Photographers of America

1946-?
Honorary Salon Director, Pictorial Photographers of America

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 1922
Clarence H. White School of Photography alumni exhibition, New York, NY

1924
Pictorial Photographers of America Solo Exhibition, Art Center, New York, NY

1927
New York in Transition: Exhibition of Thirty Photographs by Ira Wright Martin under the auspices of the Pictorial Photographers of America, The Art Center, New York, NY

1928
New York in Transition: Exhibition of Thirty Photographs by Ira Wright Martin under the auspices of the Pictorial Photographers of America, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

1929
New York Skyscraper Series, Light and Shade traveling exhibition
50 Photographs of Old Charlotte, Camera Club of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (April 1929)

1930
Portage Camera Club, Akron, OH
Camera Club of Providence, Rhode Island Engineering Society (February 1930)

1931
My Ten Years in Pictorial Photography, Light and Shade traveling exhibition

1939
Photographs from 1899-1939, Camera Club of New York (March 1939)

1986
Photographs of New York and other subjects, Photocollect, New York, NY (June 1986)

2016-2017
Ira Martin: The Family Archive, Rick Wester Fine Art, New York, NY

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1921
Pictorial Photographers of America, The Art Center, New York, NY (November 1921)

1922
Pictorial Photographers of America group exhibition, The Art Center, New York, NY (October 1922)
Pictorial Photographers of America group exhibition of portraiture, The Art Center, New York, NY

1923
Pictorial Photographers of America group exhibition of “landscape with figure”, The Art Center, New York, NY (January 1923)
Pictorial Photographers of America, The Art Center, New York, NY (February 1923)

1925
Pictorial Photographers of America group exhibition, The Art Center, New York, NY (May 1925)

1927
Studio of the Department of Photography, Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (November 1927)

1933
Gallery of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia (February 1933)

1936
Views of New York – Old and New, Pictorial Photographers of America, Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY (November 1936)

1977
Concerning Photography, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK

1992
Proto-Modern Photography, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

1996-1998
Pictorialism into Modernism: The Clarence H. White School of Photography, traveling exhibition to Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; International Center for Photography, New York, NY; Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA; Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS 

1921
“Experiments in Modernistic Photography: Ira Martin Attempts to Solve with the Camera Some of the Problems which Confront the Cubist Painter,” Vanity Fair (July 1921), p.60.

1922
Morning Sunlight reproduced in Pictorial Photography in America, Vol. 3. New York: Pictorial Photographers of America Annual (1922), p. 78.

1924
Design (fruit basket on paisley fabric) reproduced in Camera Pictures. New York: Alumni Association of the Clarence H. White School of Photography (1924), p. 411

1926
The Bee’s Knees – a design reproduced in Pictorial Photography in America, Vol. 4. New York: Pictorial Photographers of America Annual (1926), p. 71.
Silly Boats reproduced in American Photography (Jan. 1926), p. 13.

1928

A Young Lady Reading reproduced in Camera (June 1928), p. 323

1929

Tulips reproduced in Light and Shade (May 1929), p. 7. 
“More Topless Towers for New York,” Vanity Fair (November, 1929), 33.3. p. 86-87.
Transition reproduced in Camera Craft (December 1929), p. 561.

1930

Electricity in the Sky (high-wire pole) reproduced in American Photography (July 1930), p. 333.
Electricity in the Sky (high-wire pole) reproduced in Camera Craft (August 1930), p. 71.

1931

Steam and Steel reproduced in Modern Photography (1931), p. 32.
“Southern Americana,” Vogue (December 15, 1931), p. 48-49.

1934

Still Life reproduced in Strong, William. Photography for Fun. Leisure League of America (1934), p. 75.

1939

Plant reproduced in Popular Photography, (June 1939), p. 35.

1941

“Progress Keynote of His Picture: Martin Specializes in Prints of Country Life”, New York Sun (March 22, 1941), n.p.

1982

Still Life reproduced in Sandweiss, Martha A. Masterworks of American Photography: The Amon Carter Museum Collection. Birmingham: Oxmoor House, 1982. pl. 64

1989

Hambourg, Maria Morris, and Christopher Phillips. The New Vision: Photography Between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Abrams, 1989. pp. 33-34, 51, p. 31 (The Belt Wheel, 1923, ill.)

1995

The Dwarfs (city buildings) reproduced in Davis, Keith. An American Century of Photography: From Dry-Plate to Digital: The Hallmark Photographic Collection. New York: Abrams, 1995. p. 93.

1996

Fulton, Marianne. Pictorialism into Modernism: The Clarence H. White School of Photography. New York: Rizzoli, 1996. p. 197.

2014

Alinder, Mary Street. Group f.64. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014. P. 177-178, 303.

 

COLLECTIONS

Amon-Carter Museum, Forth Worth, TX
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

The Frick Collection, New York, NY
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
New Orleans Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NM
University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Martin, Ira W. “A New Bridge in an Old Town.” Camera Craft, October 1924.

Martin, Ira W. “Women in Photography.” Pictorial Photography in America, Vol. 5. New York: Pictorial Photographers of America Annual, 1929.

Martin, Ira W. “Salon Policies.” Light and Shade, April 1930, p. 6-7, 10.

Martin, Ira W. “Why Should Style in Pictures Change?” Camera Craft, October 1930 (Vol. 37), p. 480-488.

Martin, Ira W. “Evolution of Modern Photography.” Light and Shade, February – March 1932, p. 4-5, 10-11.

Martin, Ira W. “Making the Salon Print: Lesson Number Two,” Bulletin of the Pictorial Photographers of America, December 1932, p. 3.

Martin, Ira W. “Ira W. Martin” My Best Photographs and Why. Ed. G. Herbert Taylor. New York: The Dodge Publishing Company, c. 1937. p. 60-61. (Features Pictorial - The Huguenot House)