NEW! Online Interview with Photos:
Do What You Love – Marty Knapp
AUDIO – Marty Knapp in conversation with Brooks Jensen from
LensWork Extended #125 Computer Edition, July-August 2016
Complete audio interview courtesy of Lenswork Publishing here:
About Marty Knapp: Beginnings
In 1988 I quit my day job and became a self-employed photographer. I survived using only my camera and my darkroom. I did portraits and weddings, copied photographs and made slides for artists. In my darkroom, I developed films and made custom prints for clients. In my spare time I pursued my own creative work, capturing dramatic moments of light in the Point Reyes Seashore landscape, and then printing editions for collectors. My long-term goal was to follow my passion and support myself through the sale of my photographs.
Sales of my creative work began growing in the 1990s, so by 2000 I opened the Marty Knapp Photo Gallery on Highway One in Point Reyes. Today, my wife Jean and I show my work there, welcoming visitors from around the world. The gallery is at 11245 Shoreline Highway, in the heart of downtown Point Reyes Station. Open weekends 11-5. Also open by appointment.
I also offer classes and coach photographers in the art of black and white photography. My specialty is the demonstration of finding and using the best light to make expressive compositions.
From Analog to Digital
In 2010, after 25 years of developing film and making silver gelatin prints in a traditional, wet darkroom, I started making my first digital prints both from scanned negatives and my first digitally-captured images. In February of 2011, I made my last silver gelatin prints. Today, I make archival pigment prints, using Ultrachrome K-3 inks on the industry’s finest 100% cotton smooth fine art papers. These prints are available for purchase online here and at the Marty Knapp Photo Gallery in Point Reyes Station.
My current workflow includes the use of Adobe Lightroom for image processing and Epson large format printers to make my archival black and white prints. My current go-to cameras are mirrorless Sonys: an A7r and a Nex-7 which I use with current Leitz and legacy Canon FD lenses. One of my cameras has been converted to record infrared light which enables me to create dream-like images from light just beyond the range of our human eyes.
Selected Books & Articles
Lenswork Extended #125 Computer Edition July-August 2016:
featuring Marty’s Infrared Trees Portfolio & audio conversation with Brooks Jensen.
Lenswork, Nov-Dec, 2011, Year End Gallery
Point Reyes 20 Years, Knapp, Marty, Mount Vision Press 2007 (Bronze medal, 2007 Independent Pubisher Book Awards.)
Black & White Magazine, August 2006, Portfolio winner, feature article
The World’s Top Photographers: Landscape, Hope, Terry, Rotovision, Switzerland, 2003