Getty Associate Curator of Photographs to Discuss Mid-Century Photographer Paul Outerbridge

Guest Post by Shea McCollum, Library Marketing Assistant.

Please join us for a lecture from Paul Martineau, associate curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, as he talks about Payson Library’s current exhibit, “Paul Outerbridge: New Color Photographs from Mexico and California, 1948-1955.” This talk will be held in the Pepperdine Surfboard Room on Monday, March 4th from 6-7 PM.

Photograph of a gas station in Mexico in 1950 taken by Paul Outerbridge
Paul Outerbridge, Gas Station, Mexico, c. 1950. Source:
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Paul Outerbridge was a twentieth-century American photographer, famous for his pioneering experiments with color photography. Outerbridge’s use of Modernist aesthetic principles caught the attention of editors while he was still a student at Columbia University and, within a year, his work was being published in Vanity Fair and Vogue Magazines. Pepperdine’s Outerbridge exhibit showcases photos Outerbridge took later in life while crossing between California and Mexico, documenting the color and boldness of midcentury life.

Cover of the book Paul Outerbridge: Command Performances and a still of author Paul Martineau
Paul Outerbridge: Command Performances by Paul Martineau

Paul Martineau is an associate curator of the Department of Photographs who has been working at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles since 2003. He is author of the book, Paul Outerbridge: Command Performances which details the cultural significance of Outerbridge’s work and the technical innovations they represented for the world of art. Martineau will draw upon his knowledge of Outerbridge’s history and experience as a museum curator to speak on the work featured in Pepperdine’s current Outerbridge exhibit.


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Getty Associate Curator of Photographs to Discuss Mid-Century Photographer Paul Outerbridge
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