Edgar Martins: Topologies

Edgar Martins: Topologies

by Edgar Martins
     
 

With artful composition and controlled framing--but no digital manipulation--Edgar Martins creates sublimely beautiful views of often unbeautiful sites. Minimalist nighttime beaches, forests ravaged by fires and Iceland's stark terrain have all served as subjects for his large-scale color photographs. He also explores the unexpected impact of Modernism on the…  See more details below

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With artful composition and controlled framing--but no digital manipulation--Edgar Martins creates sublimely beautiful views of often unbeautiful sites. Minimalist nighttime beaches, forests ravaged by fires and Iceland's stark terrain have all served as subjects for his large-scale color photographs. He also explores the unexpected impact of Modernism on the landscape, including startlingly graphic airport runways and colorful highway barriers that, at first glance, read like abstract murals. Certain themes recur throughout Martins' work. A sense of place and alienation from it. A sense of mystery-vividly embodied in scenes such as a woman with a bouquet of balloons on a deserted shore. And a sense that something unsettling has just happened or is about to happen--a fire, an accident, a close encounter with some unspecified danger. As John Beardsley notes, "Some images are what we habitually expect photography to be--evidence of the world as we think we know it--while others obscure their subjects through an illusionism that borders on magic."

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This fascinating book offers a broad selection of landscapes drawn from several major series by a relatively unknown artist with a rare eye for taking spare, lovely photographs in seemingly unusual, often hostile environments ranging from airport runways and beaches at night to winter roads and craggy coastlines. Each of the carefully composed and detailed images reflects Martins's (The Diminishing Present) original and refreshing vision. Deceptively understated yet highly complex in soft, nearly muted colors, these photographs were taken either in the relatively mild climates of Portugal or in Iceland's rugged terrain, but they depict such a universal, otherworldly atmosphere that they could have been taken anywhere, even on another planet. Independent writer and curator Beardsley writes an insightful critical essay, and Campany (Univ. of Westminster, London; Art and Photography) conducts a wonderful interview with the photographer. The book concludes with a useful list of plates, a chronology, and acknowledgments. Superbly designed and beautifully printed on quality paper, this is highly recommended for all libraries, especially fine art collections.
—Raymond Bial

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597110570
Publisher:
Aperture Foundation
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

David Campany is a writer, artist, and lecturer of photography at the University of Westminster, London. He is the author of many articles on contemporary art and photography. His book Art and Photography was published by Phaidon Press in 2003. He is also a cofounder of Photoforum, an organization bringing together artists and writers working with the photographic image.

Edgar Martins, born in Portugal in 1977, grew up in Macau, China, and has lived in England since 1996. His first limited-edition book, Black Holes and Other Inconsistencies, was awarded the Thames & Hudson and RCA Society Art Book Prize; his second, The Diminishing Present, was published in 2006. He is represented by Betty Cuningham Gallery in New York.

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