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William Marten Czamanske, leading photographer, teacher in Rochester area

May 16, 1956 – Sept. 18, 2016

William Marten “Marty” Czamanske of Buffalo, a freelance photographer and teacher, died Sept. 18 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. He was 60.

Born in Denver, he earned a bachelor’s degree in photography in 1979 and a master’s degree in photography in 1996, both from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He also studied at Nazareth College.

Mr. Czamanske was a leading freelance photographer in Rochester and, doing business as Marten Czamanske Photography, did extensive corporate and advertising work. His clients included Eastman Kodak, American Steamship Co., IBM, the Bank of New York, Paychex, Xerox and the Strong Museum. He was a winner of the Rochester Addie Award.

He also was an adjunct professor of photography at RIT from 1998 to 2009. His photographic work is in the archive collection of the RIT Library.

He operated the William Marten Gallery, a photography gallery, in Rochester from 1999 to 2003, was a member of the Board of Education in the Wheatland-Chili Central School District from 1997 to 2000 and was a board member of Community Place of Rochester.

Since moving to the Buffalo area seven years ago, he was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Western New York, donated photos of teaching artists to Young Audiences of Western New York and, with his wife, took part in a humanitarian mission to Haiti, which they documented with photographs.

He was an avid bicyclist and enjoyed golf, sailing, politics, history and spending time on Martha’s Vineyard.

Survivors include his wife, Courtney Grim; a daughter, Tyler Rankin; a son, Duncan; a sister, Lynne Czamanske-Wright; and two brothers, John and Tom.

A celebration of his life will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday in High Temp Fabrication, 79 Perry St.

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