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Chebeague Island, Maine
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Photograph by

Tom Guild, 1969

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I picked up a camera in 1968 when I was 13 and have been attached to one ever since. My early work was a documentary approach to everyday life, and more recent work of the past 25 years are attempts to better appreciate the landscape. Throughout, I have always been fascinated by the invisible things that find their way into a photograph.

From 1985 to 2013 I also had a career as an ophthalmic photographer. In addition to working with patients, I enjoyed using the tools of diagnostic imaging to help make the invisible visible for ophthalmology.
I continued to make and exhibit artwork during that career, and upon retiring from ophthalmic photography in 2013, I now live on Chebeague Island, Maine, and continue to work again full-time as an artist.

Photograph by

Marc Lehmann, 2019


            M.A.: San Francisco State University; Experimental and Interdisciplinary Art, 1983

            B.F.A.: University of Michigan, School of Art, Ann Arbor, 1977

            Undergraduate Study: Duke University, Durham, NC, 1972- 75


Selected Exhibitions

            - Chebeague Island Inn, Chebeague Island, Maine: August-October, 2022

            - Chebeague Island Rec Center, Chebeague Island, ME: Panalateral mural installation of Chebeague Island: September, 2020

            - Fort Point Arts Community Gallery, Boston, MA, January-February 2020

            - Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, February-September, 2019

            - Public Art Mural Project, King Elementary School Construction Site, Cambridge, MA, 2017-2019:

              A 500 foot-long panalateral photograph of the Charles River

            - Cambridge College Town Common Gallery, November, 2018

            - New England Biolabs, Ipswich, MA: September-November, 2018

            - New England Biolabs: April-June, 2018

            - The Niblic Gallery, Chebeague Island, Maine: June-July, 2017

            - Gallery 344, Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, MA: "1440 Degree Panoramic Landscape", Oct-Dec, 2016

            - Pulmonary Clinic, Mt Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA: site installation: Jan 2016- Jan 2017                              

            - Unum Therapeutics, Cambridge, MA: site installation: Feb 2016-Feb 2017

            - Mt Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA: site installation: Oct 2015-Oct 2016

            - Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA: Sept-Oct, 2015

            - Chebeague Island Inn, Chebeague Island, Maine: July, 2015

            - Cambridge College, Open Studios Exhibition: May, 2015

            - The Niblic Gallery, Chebeague Gallery, Maine: August, 2014

            - Maine Coffee Roasters Cafe, Yarmouth, Maine: April, 2013

            - The Niblic Gallery, Chebeague Island, Maine: July, 2012

            - Motor City Brewery, Detroit, MI: July 2012     

            - Detroit Artist Market, Detroit, MI: March- April, 2011

            - Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI: November-December 2009

            - Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan: juried photography show, October-Nov, 2008

            - Café Zola, Ann Arbor, Michigan: November 2007-February 2008

            - Plymouth Arts Council Gallery, Plymouth, Michigan: September, 2006

            - Albion College, Bobbitt Art Gallery, Albion, Michigan: September – October, 2005

            - Tabor Hill Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI: May-June, 2005

            - 555 Gallery, Detroit, MI, October, 2004

            - Tabor Hill Gallery: July – August, 2004

            - Saginaw Valley State University, University Art Gallery: May 8 – July 3, 2004

            - Ann Arbor Art Center Annual Show, October - November, 2002

            - Gifts of Art, Taubman Center, Univ. of Michigan Hospitals: April 23 - June 7, 2001

            - Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC: Sept-Nov, 1999

            - Artworks Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC: May-June, 1998

            - Artworks Gallery: July - August, 1997

            - Artworks Gallery: September- October, 1996

            - Artworks Gallery: February - March, 1995

            - Artworks Gallery: June, 1994

            - Artworks Gallery: July, 1993

            - Artworks Gallery: “Fragments of  Hope,” video documentary and installation, with photographs from the video; May- June, 1992

            - Holt-McPherson Gallery, High Point, NC, February, 1992

            - Artworks Gallery May, 1991

            - Artworks Gallery, September, 1989

            - Aura Studios, Winston- Salem: Film installation with photographs; Sept, 1988

            - The Ark Gallery, Greensboro, NC, April, 1988

            - Perforated Spaces, Cinematheque, Brooks Hall, San Francisco: A film installationin conjunction with the S. F. Summer Arts                               Festival, August, 1984

            - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Gallery: Screening of recent films, Feb, 1984

            - Folsom Street Gallery, San Francisco, February, 1980

            - New Old Brick, Ann Arbor, July, 1979

            - Power Center for the Performing Arts, Ann Arbor, July, 1977


Performance: Film installations and collaborations for the following:

Gulf of the Farallones Theatre, site-specific performances in San Francisco:

“Under the Gun”, an apartment on Waller Street, 1986

“Selling Bombshells”, Mary Street, 1985

“Car Dances: Gloria, Her Story”, Golden Gate Transit Bus Parking Lot, 1984

“Car Dances: Now it’s not the end of the world, just calm down”, Golden Gate Transit Bus Parking Lot, 1983

“Promotional Considerations”, Market Street, May, 1982


So and So and So and So, theatre performance:

“Tall Wheat”, 544 Natoma Street Theatre, San Francisco, 1982

“Trails to Treasures”, Intersection Theatre, San Francisco, May, 1981


Numerous film installations for the Club Foot performance space, San Francisco; 1983- 86


Selected Public and Corporate Collections

Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, MA

Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine

Home Base Veterans Clinic, Charlestown, MA

Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA

Planned Parenthood, Ann Arbor, MI

Liberty Investments, Farmington Hills, MI

Albion College, Albion, MI

Ann Arbor Bank, Ann Arbor, MI

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC


Academic Appointments

- Clinical Instructor, Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; 2006- 2013

- Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; 2004 – 2013

- Instructor, Department of Ophthalmology, Wake Forest University Medical School, Winston-Salem, NC: 1989-1999



- Director of Ophthalmic Photography, Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI: 1999 -2013

- Ophthalmic Photographer, Wake Forest University Eye Center, Winston-Salem, NC; 1986- 1999

- Ophthalmic Photographer, Howard Schatz, MD, San Francisco, CA; 1985- 86

- Graduate Assistant, Center for Experimental and Interdisciplinary Art, San Francisco State University; 1982- 83


Publications in Peer-reviewed Journals

- Koreen L, He S, Johnson MW, Hackel R, Khan K,  Heckenlively JR.  Anti-retinal pigment epitheliuim antibodies in acute exudative polymorphous vitelliform maculopathy: A new hypothesis about disease pathogenesis.  Arch. Ophthalmol. 2011;129:23-29.

- Field MG, Elner VM, Park S, Hackel R, Heckenlively JR, Elner SG, Petty HR. Detection of Retinal Metabolic Stress Resulting from Central Serous Retinopathy. Retina 2009 Sep; 29(8):1162-6.

- Field MG, Elner VM, Puro DG, Feuerman JM, Musch DC, Pop-Busui R, Hackel R, Heckenlively JR, Petty HR. Rapid, noninvasive detection of diabetes-induced retinal metabolic stress. Arch Ophthalmol 2008;126:934-938.
- Elner VM, Park S, Cornblath W, Hackel R, Petty HR. Flavoprotein autofluorescence detection of early ocular dysfunction. Arch Ophthalmol 2008;126:259-260.

- MargolinE, CornblathW, HackelR. Retinal Vasculitis Due to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Archives of Ophthalmology, 2008(3):126

- Huynh TH, Johnson MW, Hackel RE. Subretinal Candida albicans abscesses responsive to oral voriconazole. Ret Cases Brief Rep 2008;2:213-215

- HuynhT, Johnson,M, Hackel,R. Bilateral Proliferative Retinopathy in Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. Retina. 2007(1):124-125

- Eisengart J, Goings L, Prusak R, Hackel R, Archer S, Moroi S. Surgical management of unilateral glaucoma associated with Poland sequence. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2006(8):1206-1207




- Yannuzzi L, contributing author. The Retinal Atlas, Saunders,

   ISBN: 978-0-7020-3320-9, 2010

- Trobe JD, Hackel RE. Field Guide to the Eyes. Philadelphia,

   Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, ISBN: 0781731682, 2002

- The Chanticleer, The Duke University Yearbook, 1975: Photography Editor


Book Chapters

- Hackel RE, Martonyi CM. The Ophthalmic Assistant 9th Edition; Stein, Stein, and Freeman, Mosby, ISBN: 978-1-4557-1069-0, 2013, Ophthalmic Photography, Chpt. 40

- Martonyi CM, Hackel RE. The Ophthalmic Assistant 8th Edition; Stein, Stein, and Freeman, Mosby, ISBN: 978-0-323-03330-5, 2006, Ophthalmic Photography, Chp. 37

Contributions to Publications

- The New England Journal of Medicine, Mechanisms of Disease: Diabetic Retinopathy, Antonetti, Klein, Gardner, NEJM 2012;366:1227-39: Figure 1: “Clinical Features of Diabetic Retinopathy”

- The Physician’s Guide to Eye Care, 4th Edition, Jonathan Trobe, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-61525-281-7: photographic editing and contributions

- Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice, Rebekah Modrak, Bill Anthes, Routledge, 2010, ISBN: 9780415779203; consulting, editing, and illustration

- The Eyes Have It, Jonathan Trobe, Professor, Ophthalmology, University of Michigan, 2009: video editing for on-line video instruction of common eye examination techniques and findings:

- Discover Magazine, April 2007, p20: “Map: Right Back at You”; contribution of a retinal composite photograph of a normal eye for an article about retinal function.

- Ophthalmology, v.14, Feb.2007: cover

- Archives of Ophthalmology, v.123, 12/2005: cover, composite fundus photograph of West Nile virus meningoencephalitis

- American Academy of Ophthalmology: 2006 Wall Calendar; editor

- American Academy of Ophthalmology: 2005 Wall Calendar; editor

- American Academy of Ophthalmology: cover photographs for Academy News magazines; 2003, 2004

- Neuro-Ophthalmology, The Requisites; Martin TJ, Corbett, JJ; Mosby, 2000; photographs, photographic illustrations, photographic design and editing

- Ophthalmic Photography, Saine PJ, Tyler ME. Boston. Butterworth-Heinemann, 1997: editorial contributions and photographs, including cover

- Darkroom Photography, October, 1990, v. 12, #10: Article: “Readers’ Tips,”

- Archives of Internal Medicine July, 1973: cover photograph,

- Physical Anthropology: A Perspective, Buettner-Janusch J. John Wiley & Sons, 1973: ISBN: 978-0471117858: photographs


Committee and Administrative Service

- Juror for the 2008, 2009, 2010 Imaging Microstructure Contest, sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory

- Education Committee, Kellogg Eye Center: 2000- 2013

- The Journal of Ophthalmic Photography; Managing Editor, 1992- 1996

- Washington Park Neighborhood Association, Winston-Salem, NC: 1997-98 President, Board of Directors, 1998

- Graphic Design Committee: Promotional designs and pre-press production for Artworks Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC, 1993- 1999

- Visual Arts in Medicine: Curator for medical photography exhibition, The Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem State University, 1991

- National Exposures 90: Co-chairperson for juried national photography competition (formerly National Aperture); Winston-Salem, NC, 1990

- National Aperture 3: Installation Committee Chairperson, 1988

- The Chanticleer, 1975, the Duke University Yearbook: Photography Editor


Consulting Positions


- Adobe, Inc, San Jose, CA: Biomedical Imaging Advisory Group; consultant to Adobe for medical and scientific applications for Photoshop, 2006-2007

- Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology; Advisory Board, 2001- 2010

- Ophthalmic Imaging Systems, Sacramento, CA; consultant for advanced digital imaging system and software for ocular fundus photography; 2001 – 2005.

- EyeNet Magazine; Advisory Board, 2000- 2009; “Blink” section editor, 2003- 2008

- The Journal of Ophthalmic Photography; Editorial Board, 1996- 2010

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