I am an activist, photographer, and oral historian. Inspired by those I've encountered who remain hopeful in the face of despair, I work with people living in states of continuous poverty and whose struggles threaten to strip them of their dignity. My images are not conceptualized; I don't plan in advance how each portrait will be made. I simply listen to and record the stories of individuals, families, and communities, allowing each to reveal whatever they with.
Since 2007, I've worked with many nonprofits and non-governmental organizations to create projects that generate awareness for humanitarian crises throughout the world. Multiple bodies of photographic work have been produced thus far, leading to exhibitions throughout the United States and the publication of a hardback volume entitled The Ground on Which I Stand (Texas A&M Press) in 2016.
I also offer workshops revolved around visual storytelling, teaching both journal-writing and photography, and I give lectures about my long-term projects including Tamina, a freedmen's town and those refugees living in Kakuma.
Photo courtesy of Julie Soefer
Traveling the Road to Nowhere
2018: Samara Gallery, Houston, TX
The Outwin: American Portraiture Today
“Johnny,” a portrait from The Ground on Which I Stand collection, with 41 other artworks
2018: Ackland Museum of Art, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC
2018: Artis–Naples, The Baker Museum, Naples, FL
2018: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
2017: Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
2017: Tacoma Art Museum, WA
2016: Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
Out of Darkness
2016: Photo Alliance, New Orleans, LA
2016: Redbud Gallery, Houston, TX
The Ground On which I Stand
2016: Book Reveal Party, Tamina, TX
2015: Lone Star College, The Woodlands, TX
2014: Rice University, Houston, TX
A Hope, Prayer, and a Dream
Co-curated for FotoFest. 60 artists, 131 images wheat pasted on an 84’ long public wall
2016: Main Street Projects, Houston, TX
As a board member, developed and curated art competition and exhibition for UNESCO
2011: Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum, Rome, Italy
2011: United Nations Building, NY, NY
2016: Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
Selected by Richard McCabe
2014: Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
Selected by Anne Tucker and Del Zogg
SELECTED ARTICLE PUBLICATIONS and RADIO INTERVIEWS
2017: Community Impact Newspaper, by Beth Marshall, Marti Corn Captures History of Taming Through Photography
2017: Foto Relevance Commentary, Documentary Photography — The Work of Marti Corn
2017: Lenscratch, by Aline Smithson, Marti Corn: Lost
2016: Houston City Book, Feature article by Chris Becker, The Most Wanted: Five Artists to Collect Now
2016: Houston Chronicle, Feature column by Mike Snyder
2016: Mother Jones Magazine, Feature article by Mark Murrmann
2016: PDN Online Magazine, Fighting to Keep a Texas Freedmen's Town Free
2016: South X Southeast PhotoMagazine, Feature article by DB Waltrip
2016: South X Southeast PhotoMagazine, Feature article by Judy Sherrod
2016: Houston Matters, Houston Public Media, Photo Exhibit Tells of Refugees Who Came 'Out of Darkness'
2015: The Refugee Magazine, December issue cover image and 8 feature article portraits
2014: Houston Matters, Houston Public Media, Photo Exhibit Chronicles Life in Freedman's Town
2016: The Ground on Which I Stand, A Photographic Essay and Oral Histories of Tamina, A Freedmen’s Town
Published by Texas A&M Press
2015: Houston Arts Alliance
Funding for a year-long project to interview and photograph refugees living in Houston
2013: Month-long artist residency at Hilmsen near Salzwedel, Germany Awarded by Hans Moltzberger
2018: Provided school supplies for the children of the Lost Boys and Girls who remain in Kakuma.
2018: Established a library for the South Sudanese refugee community.
2018: Developed a micro-loan program for the Lost Boys and Girls for businesses that give back to their community.
2017: Established Dream Studio, a photography studio and learning center. Partnering with FilmAid and five young photojournalists, Dream Studio provides their first-ever opportunity to become self-sufficient. Their time is divided between making portraits of those living in Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya, producing videos and documenting events for local NGO's, sponsoring educational events for the community, and teach photographic workshops in surrounding schools.