ArtBeat: Martin Benjamin’s “Atomic Age” in Venice

April 29th, 2010, 10:01 am by Greg

Martin Benjamin: Waterford, New York

Martin Benjamin: Waterford, New York

We wrote about award-winning Schenectady photographer and Union College art professor Martin Benjamin when he published first book, “Atomic Age,” late last year and also when he had exhibits of his work in Atlanta and at Siena College’s Yates Gallery in Loudonville.

But now, Benjamin’s “Atomic Age” exhibit has gone international.

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BOOK: Martin Benjamin’s “Atomic Age”

November 30th, 2009, 1:14 pm by Greg

(photo by Martin Benjamin)

(photo by Martin Benjamin)

This is a subversive book.

Titled “Atomic Age,” this collection of photographs from the past 30 years addresses that topic, as well as a number of political topics that get dragged along with it, some miscellaneous photographic opportunities. And it’s all rounded out with more personal subjects.

The early days of the atomic age have a familiar, even nostalgic feel for people who experienced it first-hand or grew up in its immediate aftermath. Big fat bombs. National pride. Desert testing sites. Ending the war.

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Martin Benjamin’s “Atomic Age”

October 5th, 2009, 10:49 am by Greg

Photographer and Union College professor Martin Benjamin has an eye for composition. He’s been one of Nippertown’s very finest lensmen for years.

Now he’s finally gathered together a large collection of more than 100 of his photographs into a long-overdue book, “Atomic Age.”

Benjamin is celebrating the publication of “Atomic Age” with a solo exhibition of the same title, that’s currently on view in Atlanta, Georgia at Pace Academy Fine Arts Center. The exhibit is being held in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography month.


With the help of Nina Witschonke, a visiting international student from Germany at Union College, Benjamin sequenced the photographs, selected text and completed the final layout of the book. The photographs included in the book were shot over a span of 30 years, featuring pictures from such locations as Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Alamagordo, Three Mile Island, White Sands Missile Range, Hiroshima, Cuba, China and Vietnam. Also included are many personal images made near home in Albany and Schenectady.

The book is published by Atomic Age/Digital Press and will debut at 7pm tonight (Monday, October 5) at the reception for Benjamin’s exhibition at Atlanta Celebrates Photography. It’s not available in the Albany area just yet, but will soon be on sale through a variety of other local outlets including the Union College bookstore and Benjamin’s website.

Stay tuned to, and we’ll alert you to upcoming book signings by Martin Benjamin.

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