About Me

Over the years I’ve enjoyed working as both a curator and administrator for museum and university collections.  I’ve also conducted research on American art and visual culture in the collections of museums, historical societies, university libraries, and archives. These experiences have given me a unique perspective on the challenges facing collecting institutions. I know what stewardship of visual collections means and what kinds of support researchers need. Managing large image collections can seem daunting, but it is also enormously rewarding and enjoyable. I can help your organization achieve that feeling of accomplishment.

I also take pride in my work with art photographers, their families and their estates. One of the most fulfilling aspects of my term as Director of the Center for Creative Photography (2010-2016) was helping to preserve and promote the legacy of important bodies of work. I understand the artist’s perspective as well as the institutional point of view about photography archives, and I am eager to continue to share that knowledge. My experiences  from the inside and the outside have given me unique expertise that I want to share with you as a consultant.

I’ve served as a consultant for a variety of organizations and institutions. Among my current projects I am an adviser for photographer Kathy Shorr’s SHOT Project.

You can download my CV here.

Contact me at katharine.martinez@gmail.com