Marie Martin, Appraiser – “Iconic Images: Pictures Worth a 1,000 Words”


Screen Shot 2017-02-24 at 8.58.17 AMMarie Martin, expert and appraiser of documentary and fine art photography, will be the Brown Bag lunch speaker at the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library on Monday, March 6, 2017 at noon. Over the past 178 years, photographic images have come to define war, social conditions, celebrations, disasters and people. Martin will discuss why some photographic images become iconic, why they were taken or how, and what measure of importance they hold in today’s world.

Martin has appraised historical archives including William Henry Fox Talbot’s personal collection of photographs; glass plate negatives and related ephemera from the Mathew Brady/Levin Handy Studio; archives of former White House photographers, Magnum and Look and Life magazine photographers, and collections including “African Americans from Slavery to Civil Rights”; “Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War”; “Russian Photography from the 1920s to 2000” and vernacular photographs included in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, exhibit “The Art of the American Snap Shot, 1999 – 1978”. Martin was, an instructor at George Washington University Center for Career Education in photography, an image researcher for Clairmont Press as well as a gallery owner and operator and a graduate of the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. Martin is a resident of St. Michaels and a past president of the Business Association and St. Michaels Museum Board of Directors.

Brown Bag Lunch events are sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bring a lunch and enjoy coffee and desert provided by the library. Information can be found at or by calling (410) 745-5877.

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