Charles S. Martz

Charles S. Martz (November 21, 1903 – April 5, 1966) was an American photographer, painter, inventor and entrepreneur.

Martz founded Tasopé Company in Aurora, Missouri in 1931. He created small photoengraving machines that could be used by small town newspapers to print photographs and patented several of these photo engraving machines. Martz speedily realized to sell his machines to newspapers, he would infatuation trained photographers to help create the demand.

Martz trained photographers at Tasopé for the new field of "camera reporting." His students included Clifton C. Edom who has been called the "Father of Photo Journalism."
Martz also meant and built Tasopé cameras.

Martz's pretense has been published in major photography journals of the times and his photographs and paintings were exhibited in New York City, Washington, DC, Chicago and St. Louis. He along with judged photographic salons. In November 1944 the Smithsonian Institution Department of Engineering and Industries curated a special exhibit of 50 of Martz's "pictorial photographs."

Martz was a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, the Society's highest level of distinction. He was furthermore an Associate of the Photographic Society of America. In 1941, the Society of Ozark Photographers ascribed Martz' contributions to the ground of photography.

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