Martina Lopez Offers ‘A Conversation With The Past’

HUNTINGTON, New York, Feb. 12

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Martina Lopez wants viewers of her photographs to make their own stories.

Case in point, Lopez’ “Heirs Come to Pass 3” – currently on display as a part of the Heckscher Museum’s “Modern Alchemy: Experiments in Photography” exhibit – is a collection of portrait photographs, taken of people that she’s never met, that she has laid over landscape photographs of her own. The combination encourages Lopez’ viewers to imagine how these people got to where they are, what they’re doing and why they’re doing it.

Martina Lopez’ Heirs Come to Pass, 3, 1991. (© Martina Lopez)
Martina Lopez’ Heirs Come to Pass, 3, 1991. (© Martina Lopez)

Born and raised in Seattle, Wash. as one of eight children, Lopez studied photography at the University of Washington and then later earned her master of fine arts degree from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. The photographer has been working with 19th century portrait, landscape and digital media since 1985.

Exploring her life, work and creative process, Lopez will be visiting the Heckscher Museum on Feb. 27 from 7-8:30 p.m. as a part of a program, dubbed “A Conversation with the Past,” and meet and greet. Registration beforehand is recommended; there is a $7 charge for non-members. Light refreshments will be served. Visit

Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015; A9)


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