Paul Martineau is an Associate Curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Martineau's specialization is late 19th and 20th century American photography.
A native of Massachusetts, he received his BA in Art from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and his MA in art history from Williams College. Before joining the Getty Museum in 2003, he worked at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in the William Morris Hunt Library and at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. His first exhibition organized for the Clark in 2002 was Stockbridge Portfolio: Photographs of George H. Seeley. Since then, Martineau has organized numerous exhibitions for the Getty covering a diverse range of topics that span from the mid- nineteenth century to the late twentieth century including; Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit, In Focus: The Nude, and Eliot Porter: In the Realm of Nature. Among the most recent: In Focus: Still Life (2011), Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity (2012), Herb Ritts: L.A. Style (2012), and In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe (2012).
Martineau is the author of several books and articles. His books include: Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit (2014), The Nude in Photography (2014), Herb Ritts: L.A. Style (2012), Eliot Porter: In the Realm of Nature (2012), Still Life in Photography (2011), and Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance (2009).