Photographer; Visual Artist
Marty Knapp has been photographing the beauty of the natural world near his Point Reyes home for over thirty years. A master printer, his photographs feature both dramatic and sublime moments of light, presented exclusively in classic black and white. His compositions express the beauty of light and design he’s discovered in the natural world during the last thirty years. His most recent works express the mystery and wonderment he’s felt while photographing the starry heavens above.
Numbered prints are in private and corporate collections, world-wide. They have been published in Lenswork, Black & White, and The World’s Top Photographers. His book, Point Reyes 20 Years, was awarded the bronze medal in design for photography books in the 2007 International Independent Publisher competition.
Marty and his wife Jean live in Point Reyes Station, California. There, in his studio, he makes his fine prints. These photographs are displayed in his gallery on Highway One and cataloged on his website, MartyKnapp.com.
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