This dypthic was produced in the context of Edgar Martins’ What Photography & Incarceration have in Common with an Empty Vase, a project which results from a collaboration with inmates, incarcerated in the West Midlands, their families and a myriad of other individuals and community groups in the region.
Produced almost entirely within a 3km radius of the author’s home, and inspired by Salman Rushdie’s critique of the film The Wizard of Oz, The Diminishing Present is a visual contemplation on the concept of home and what it means to belong somewhere.
Shot between 2010 and 2011, this book is structured as a topographic survey of hydro-electricity generating plants. No more than half a dozen people run power stations which, in some cases, were intended to house up to 250 workers just a few decades ago. This project is, thus, not just about the generation of power of also of dreams and technological utopias.
In study that goes beyond mere documentation, this publication brings us a poignant commentary on the financial ruin and bankruptcy that struck the lives of many thousands of people, in the wake of the 2008 sub-prime crisis in the USA.
In 2014 Edgar Martins approached BMW with a simple idea: to stop the production lines in order to photograph Plant Munich. Although the project surveys on the surface the fabrication, tooling and assembly of the modern era automobile vehicle, it also represents a point of resistance: to the world of flux and flow that we live in, to a world haunted by mobility, transience and uncertainty.
In 2012, Edgar Martins was granted unparalleled access to The European Space Agency (ESA) and its partners’ programs, including the human spaceflight, lunar and Mars exploration programs. Martins’ project highlights the wider politics of space exploration, the ever-growing role of science and technology in our society and our relationship with the unknown, whilst opening up wider questions around epistemology, metaphysics and ultimately humanity’s conception of itself.
This publication is produced within the context of Edgar Martins’ retrospective exhibition at the Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian in Paris (Oct-Dec 2010) and brings together images from series created between 2005-2010, making possible a transverse appraisal of his photographic production, its unique characteristics, and conceptual framework.