16 April 2023

Our War, a selection of portraits from Edgar Martins’ new project titled Anton’s hand is made of guilt, no muscle or bone. He has two clinically depressed fingers and an angry thumb has won the Portrait Category of the SONY World Photography Awards 2023. Edgar Martins was also selected as Photographer of the year 2023. This work-in-progress project, which is scheduled to be launched, worldwide, in 2024, has been in gestation since 2019  and is based on a poignant and very personal story and experience: the death and disappearance of the artist’s good friend, photojournalist Anton Hammerl, during the 2011 Libyan war. Developed in north Africa, this  part-documentary, part-speculative project responds to Anton Hammerl’s disappearance/death through an examination of the geography, players and circumstances surrounding his demise as well as a reflection on the decisive but paradoxical role that photography has played in conflict zones.

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