Louisiana Photography

About the Photographer

Charles Martin has always had a love of the outdoors. Living near the wetlands of Southern Louisiana, this natural gravitation was fostered by a passion for the area's inhabitants, seasons and moods. An avid outdoorsman, Charles hunted and fished, making his way through bayous rarely visited. When his daughters expressed interest in photography rather than hunting, he took their cue. Using the keen eye he developed, he focused on photography. 

The results are breathtaking. Charles approaches his craft with patience and appreciation. Scouting, exploring and hours of observation are spent in the hope of capturing a single image.

It is a process of understanding.  Presenting his subjects in their habitat, Charles gives context to his photography as well as showcasing the most elusive creatures of Louisiana’s Wetlands. By raising awareness of these irreplaceable areas, he aims to inspire his audiences and encourage an attitude of balance and conservation.


Charles Martin has recently exhibited, in cooperation with The Historic New Orleans Collection, Perique: The Seeds of Saint James. 

Perique, prized by connoisseurs as the strongest and most flavorful of tobacco varietals, is cultivated only one place on earth: a 30-square-mile tract of land in St. James Parish, Louisiana. Harvested, bunched, and stemmed by hand, the tobacco is pressure-cured for a year in whiskey barrels. The labor-intensive cultivation process dates to the early 19th century; its rituals have descended as occupational folklore through a small group of St. James Parish families.Photographer Charles Martin has spent eight years documenting the tradition of his forebears. Vulnerability lends urgency to the study: only a handful of working farms remain dedicated to perique cultivation, and fewer and fewer young people embrace the agricultural lifestyle of their parents and grandparents. Martin's photographs epitomize local history in their painstaking documentation of a place-specific process. Yet in their framing, and in their ability to capture the dignity of human labor, they assume universal, iconic status. (From www.hnoc.org)

This expansive Exhibition Catalog, with Introduction by Mary Ann Sternberg is available for purchase through The Historic New Orleans Collection and by Contacting Charles Directly