Martin Venezky is a photographer, artist, and designer whose interest in process and abstraction has informed his recent investigations into the camera as a generative tool. He has produced large-scale photo installations for Adobe Systems and the San Francisco Arts Commission as well as academies and corporate headquarters.
His continuing series, “The New Machinery” is a culmination of years of investigation and is about to receive its public debut at the San Francisco International Airport in July 2018. His collaborations with artist Barbara Levine have resulted in the well-regarded and award winning series “We Have Been Where You Are Going” and the photo book, “Camera Era.” His photography has been reproduced in a variety of print and online publications.
Venezky’s career in photography is a parallel practice to his career as an esteemed graphic designer specializing in experimental typography and book design. The San Francisco Museum of Modern art honored Venezky with a 2001 solo exhibition, and his monograph, It Is Beautiful...Then Gone, was published by Princeton Archtectural Press. Throughout his career, Venezky has used photography as a vital tool in his design work, and, during his 2016-17 sabbatical, he has developed his photography into a vibrant and sympathetic practice.
Venezky earned a BA in Visual Studies from Dartmouth College in 1979 and an MFA in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1993. He has taught at RISD and CalArts and, for over 25 years, at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where he serves as Professor in the Graduate Design Program. In 2015 Venezky was inducted into the esteemed Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI).