A Career in Photography
After a diverse, but not entirely fulfilling career in both the construction and manufacturing sectors, I quit my day job and became a self-employed photographer in 1988. I pieced together a living, from a number of venues, but always using only my camera and my darkroom to survive. I did portraits and weddings, copied photographs and made slides for artists. In my own darkroom, I developed films and made 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.
Sales of my creative work started taking off in the 1990s, so in 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. Meanwhile, I offer classes and coach photographers in the art of black and white photography, specializing in composition effectively using light.
My current workflow is digital and includes the use of Adobe Lightroom for processing and Epson large format printers to make my archival black and white prints. My current go-to camera is a Sony Nex-7 I use with my legacy Canon FD lenses.
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 at my home studio in Point Reyes Station. These prints are available at my Marty Knapp Photo Gallery in Point Reyes as well as on the web at MartyKnapp.com.
Books & Articles
Lenswork, Nov-Dec, 2011, Year End Gallery, Point Reyes 20 Years, Knapp, Marty, Mount Vision Press 2007, Black & White Magazine, August 2006, Porfolio winner, feature article, The World’s Top Photographers: Landscape, Hope, Terry, Rotovision, Switzerland, 2003