Charles Martin has been teaching Comparative Literature at Queens College for more than 20 years, interested especially in autobiography; pairings of photography and text; black writers from around the world; and film.
He is, as well, a photographer, filmmaker and writer. His book of photographs, Because of Algiers, was published in 2013, and its photos were exhibited at the Musée Public National d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Algeria. Another exhibition, Reflections / Connections, was in São Paulo, Brazil in 2014, and other exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Brooklyn Museum and colleges and museums in Paris, Brazil and across the United States.
Awards for projects include Artist in Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, West Virginia University, Yale University and the Research Foundation of the City University of New York. Martin's studies include a BA in English (1974) and PhD in Spanish and Portuguese (1988) from Yale University.