UA’s Center for Creative Photography Director to Retire

TUCSON, AZ — Katharine Martinez, director of the UA Center for Creative Photography, is retiring from her post as head of one of the world's finest photography archive and academic art museum. Her last day is January 30, 2016.

“We’ve been extremely fortunate to have Katharine Martinez and her leadership for the last five years. She has been instrumental in continuing to build CCP’s outstanding collection,” said Kimberly Andrews Espy, Senior Vice President for Research at the University of Arizona. “The Center for Creative Photography is a world recognized center and a true asset to our UA community. I am committed to its continued success.”

Martinez started with the University of Arizona in 2010 after spending over a decade at Harvard's Fine Arts Library. During her time at the UA, the archives have grown substantially, a research fellowship program was started and a full-time conservator (with a background in chemistry and art) was brought on to advance the preservation of the collection.

With Martinez’s retirement, a senior management team composed of the leads for curation, conservation, archive, and business, will be put into place in the interim to address day-to-day operations. Rebecca “Becky” Senf will be promoted to Chief Curator. Ms. Senf, and her colleagues, Jae Gutierrez, Leslie Squyres, and Denise Gose will serve on the new leadership team. To support this senior management team, W. James Burns, the current Director of UAMA, will serve as the acting administrative director. A search for new CCP director will be forthcoming later in 2016.

The Center opened in 1975, following a meeting between then University President John Schaefer and world renowned photographer Ansel Adams. Beginning with the archives of five living master photographers the collection has grown to include 239 archival collections.

Altogether there are over five million archival objects in the Center's collection including negatives, work prints, contact sheets, albums, scrapbooks, correspondence, writings, audiovisual materials and memorabilia.

The Center is part of the UA’s Office for Research & Discovery along with the Arizona State Museum and the UA Museum of Art. Espy said during the transition, the senior management team will develop a blueprint for success moving forward.

“I am excited about the future of the Center and outcomes of the important work of the senior management team ahead. I am dedicated to advancing the academic role of CCP as a valuable resource for our students and as a crucible for the cutting edge scholarship of our faculty, as well as a magnet for photo enthusiasts here in Arizona and around the world,” Espy said.

Release Date

Friday, January 29, 2016