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Edgar Martins: Topologies Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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"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
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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.
***"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.
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.