Exhibitions at Fort Mason

Exhibitions at Fort Mason

On View at Fort Mason C260

John Martin Photography

November 2−December 31, 2017
Artist Reception: Friday, November 17, 5–7 p.m.
Photograph of a man dressed in a court jester costume

John Martin, Rigoletto, 2015; photo: courtesy the artist

Bay Area photographer John Martin presents individual color portraits of San Francisco Opera company members, in C260 at Fort Mason Center. These pieces are part of Martin’s collection of operatic character studies that features the stars, chorus members, and supernumeraries of San Francisco Opera.

For many years, after each performance, Martin set up his camera, a backdrop, and simple lighting in the canteen of the War Memorial Opera House to take pictures of company members in costume. Sometimes they acted out their roles, sometimes they merely looked into the camera, but Martin always captured the heart of the character. A collection of his finest portrait work, his book In Character is unique in the world of opera.

Located on the second floor of Building C in Fort Mason Center, C260 showcases a range of works by Bay Area artists. The offices are open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on all major holidays.