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"Dramatic images of 'un-photographable' locations-from dark beaches and burning forests, to highway barriers and airport runways-captivate in Edgar Martins's recent collection. Without digital manipulation, Martins manages to make the familiar appear alien, re-introducing a standard public beach scene as an absurdly artful moonscape, or forcing viewers to admit the reluctant awe conjured by a glittering, hellish fire. Images of ice and rock formations in Iceland use the earth's horizon as an anchor-a constant line reminding the viewer that these ghostly, otherworldly landscapes are, ultimately, portraits of home." --The Green Life: Sierra Club

"Martins' 'Accidental Theorist' photographs contain contemporary photography at its strongest: A seemingly effortlessly achieved look at our world in such a way that we are forced to have another look at it." -- Jörg Colberg --Conscientious blog

"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." -- Raymond Bial -- Library Journal

"His photographs take common themes, such as the urban periphery, and lift them into perplexing scenes of beautiful abtraction..." -- Diane Smyth --The British Journal of Photography

"One senses alienation and anxiety when viewing these pictures, coupled with a sense of guilt over what we know we are doing to our environment as a society. You've probably never seen landscapes like these." --Amateur Photographer

About the Author

Edgar Martins grew up in Macau, China; he has lived in England since 1996. His first limited-edition book, Black Holes and Other Inconsistencies, was awarded the Thames and Hudson and RCA Society Art Book Prize; his second, The Diminishing Present, was published in 2006. In 2010 Edgar Martins was nominated for the Prix Pictet 2009 and awarded 1st prize in the Fine Art ― Abstract category of the 2010 International Photography Awards. Martins was selected to represent Macau (China) at the 54th Venice Biennale.

David Campany is a writer, curator and artist, working mainly with photography. David s books include The Open Road: photographic road trips across America (2014), Walker Evans: the magazine work (2014), Gasoline (2013), Jeff Wall: Picture for Women (2010), Photography and Cinema (2008) and Art and Photography (2003). He also writes for Frieze, Aperture, Art Review, FOAM, Source, Photoworks and Tate magazine. Recent curatorial projects include Lewis Baltz: Common Objects (Le Bal, Paris 2014), Walker Evans: magazine work (Foto Museum Antwerp 2014), Victor Burgin: A Sense of Place (AmbikaP3 London, 2013), Mark Neville: Deeds Not Words (The Photographers Gallery London, 2013) and Anonymes: Unnamed America in Photography and Film (Le Bal Paris, 2010). David has a Phd and teaches at the University of Westminster, London. For his writing, David has received the ICP Infinity Award, the Kraszna-Krauss Book Award, a Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, and the Royal Photographic Society s award for writing.

John Beardsley is a writer and curator living in Washington, D.C.; he is the Director of Garden and Landscape Studies at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; First Edition edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597110574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597110570
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.7 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,982,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'll quote the Product description here, in case it gets changed later, as has happened on numerous web pages including the publisher's:
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With artful composition and controlled framing--but no digital manipulation--Edgar Martins creates sublimely beautiful views of often un-beautiful sites.
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***"No digital manipulation."*** This is how the project was sold to the publisher, and how Martins sold his prints for thousands of dollars. He lied and was caught. Now he's trying to backpedal, and like a child who has fallen and says "I meant to do that!" he is making his lie sound like a grand artistic experiment. Don't fall for it.

No matter how beautiful the images, they represent an ugly lie perpetrated on the very people who supported him. You can easily find the info about this with a simple Google search.

I have nothing against manipulation of images for the sake of art, but lying about it, and indeed building your reputation (and print prices!) on your purist stance, while it's been a lie all along, is shameful and immoral. Martins should return his advance, and the publisher should offer refunds.
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Edgar Martins claims to not digitally alter photos, then does just that. And now he's been caught (do a search on New York Times and Edgar Martins). While his work may look nice here, he has absolutely no integrity for the rest of the photographic community. It's fine to alter photos, be he needs to state he does upfront -- not claim the exact opposite of the truth.
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These are very insightful views of normal spaces.
The view of the normal which makes you think of it as alien
is intriguing and at the same time produces a little anxiety...
the good kind of anxiety that you get, like looking out from a mountain top.
Martins views taught me how to take notice of these insights when I see them through my own camera.
These are not journalistic photos so the furor over manipulating and lying signifies nothing.
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This is a gorgeous book and represents Edgar Martins work well.. In addition the text and interviews are informative. I liked my copy so much that I bought another copy as a present to my brother.
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