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When Light Casts no Shadow

In 2008 Edgar Martins was granted special airside access to some of the most interesting airports in Europe. Those he chose had a key role in history (the Azores, for example, was a compulsory stop for transatlantic flights prior to 1970 and a military base in both World Wars).
Almost all his images were produced at night, using the aprons’ floodlights, moonlight, long or double exposures of between ten minutes to two hours.
Some of the airports on the Azores archipelago are unique. They are amongst the very few black-tarred runways in the world, and it is the relationship between the dark tarmac and the fluorescent painted signs and runway markings that lies at the heart of some of Martins’ most arresting images. This unusual combination allowed him to produce incredibly abstract images, with a very long depth of field and often with the use of minimal lighting. In some, sky and ground merge in darkness with only the lights and airport hieroglyphics to orient us.

Book published by Dewi Lewis Ltd. for The Moth House.
Limited number of signed copies available through The Moth House.


Date: December 2009
ISBN: 978-1-904587-81-1
Dimensions: 270mmx335mm
Pages: 84
Edition: 1000
Clothbound hardcover with tipped-in image
(Available in two different covers)
Interview by Gerry Badger

About the Author
Edgar Martins is visual artist woking across different media. His work is represented in several high-profile collections, such as those of the V&A, RIBA, the Dallas Museum of Art; MAST , MUDAS, Modern Art Centre Lisbon, MAAT, Fondation Carmignac, amongst others. He has published over 16 books which were met with critical acclaim and exhibited internationally. He was selected to represent Macau (China) at the 54th Venice Biennale.

About the Writer
Gerry Badger is a British photographer, architect and photography critic. He has published a number of books, among them Collecting Photography (2002), The Genius of Photography (2007) and The Pleasures of Good Photographs (2010), for which he was given the Infinity Writer’s Award by the International Center of Photography (New York) in 2011. In addition, he co-wrote, with Martin Parr, the essential series and the reference book in the field of the photobook: The Photobook: A History (London: Phaidon Press, 3 volumes, 2004, 2006 and 2014).


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