John and Anthony Martin Photograph Collection

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John and Anthony Martin Photograph Collection

Description

John Martin moved to Amherst in 1967 and began teaching at the University of Massachusetts. He is an environmental designer, professionally registered in architecture and landscape architecture. His interests extend to photography, art, and environmental history, all of which he taught at the University. He has been associated with various organizations in Amherst including the Historic Commission, the Planning Board, and the Emily Dickinson Museum.

Anthony Martin (John's son, born in 1969) is a photographer and a teacher. He took up photography as a teenager after having watched his father take architectural photos of buildings and gardens. While his father often focused on the larger context of people interacting in social spaces, Anthony preferred to explore formal aspects of shape, pattern, and contrasts of light and dark.

This collection consists of over 200 photographs, taken in the 1980s, of buildings, architectural details, landscapes, and community events in Amherst. Most of the photos taken by Anthony were taken at a time when he was enrolled in photography courses at Amherst Regional High School. The images reflect his attempt to reconcile conventional ways of seeing with those of the avant-garde and surreal. The images captured by John reflect his interest in documenting landscape, architectural design, and community events. Many of the photographs were used in an exhibit related to the culture of Amherst which was sponsored by the Historic Commission in the 1980’s.

Items in the John and Anthony Martin Photograph Collection Collection

Buttons for sale at the Amherst Community Fair
Buttons for sale at a booth at the 1984 Amherst Community Fair.

Fortuneteller at the fair
Fortuneteller with a client at the 1987 Amherst Community Fair.

Night view up Main Street
View up Main Street toward Town Hall and the central business district at night.

Walking by the Evergreens on a snow-covered sidewalk
A lone pedestrian struggles to move forward through thick snow on the sidewalk in front of the Evergreens (William Austin Dickinson House).

Kiddie rides at the fair
Two of the childrens' rides, surrounded by people, at the 1987 Amherst Community Fair.

Night view of Plumbley's Restaurant
Plumbley's Restaurant, illuminated at night, from across and down Main Street.

Children on ride at Amherst Community Fair
Three young girls on a ride at the 1987 Amherst Community Fair.

Posters in Amherst center
Jumble of posters and various hand made advertisements taped to a wall in the center of Amherst.

Buddhist Peace Fellowship members
Members of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship preparing to march along with the military parade for Recognition Weekend, an event organized at UMass in mid-July, 1986. The event was designed as a vehicle to honor veterans. It drew a large number of people…

Peace vigil on Amherst Common
Peace vigil which had been held for many years from noon to 1:00 p.m. on the Town Common since 1966.

Stearns Chapel steeple
View upward showing detail of the steeple that is now a part of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.

Landry's Market
Landry's Market on lower Main Street with upper and lower porches and a large Budweiser sign in front. This building has been converted into apartments.

Parking garage at University of Massachusetts
View of the length of the parking garage at the University of Massachusetts.

Marine Corps Band, Drum and Bugle Corps, Recognition Weekend parade
Marine Corps band which marched in the military parade for Recognition Weekend, an event organized at UMass in mid-July, 1986. The event was designed as a vehicle to honor veterans. It drew a large number of people interested in balancing the…

Bicycle stand at Hastings
Bicyles resting in the bicycle stand in front of Hastings store on South Pleasant Street.