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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.