Edgar Martins

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Edgar Martins is a Portuguese photographer known for his artful compositions on recurring themes of alienation and the impact of modernity on the landscape.

1977 - Born in Évora, Portugal

1996 - Moves to the United Kingdom In the UK Martins studied at the following institutions: Berkshire College of Art & Design (Reading), London College of Printing & Distributive Trades . (London) and The Royal College of Arts (London).

2003 - His first published book "Black Holes & Other Inconsistencies" receives The Jerwood Photography Award

2004 - Nominated for the Deutsche Borse Prize

2008 - Receives the inaugural New York Photography Award (Fine Art category)

2010 - The Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian (Paris) hosts Edgar Martins’ first retrospective exhibition

For more information on Edgar Martin's work and biography visit the Kopeikin Gallery: [1]

The Accidental Theorist

"Shot largely on the same set of beaches in Portugal over a period of two years, the imagery of The Accidental Theorist is a series of moments that have become independent of causation or purpose. This landscape is familiar, ubiquitous, and yet imaginary, unreal. It is full of stillness and silence yet the pervasive tranquility is paradoxically not calming but disturbing, discordant, incongruous, intangible. It is marked by the sense that things are forever unreachable. All that represents the ambience of a holiday beach is missing. We long for the signs and symptoms of life to reimpose themselves upon the social fabric of this place. Shot with an analogue, large format camera and making use of long exposures, these images are all about temporal experience. The beach is rendered as little more than a proscenium awaiting some event. Found elements underscore an ambiguity in these images between the composed and the contingent."[2]

Further Reading and Images


Edgar Martins' website: [3]

The Kopeikin Gallery: [4]

Saatchi Online: [5]

"The Accidental Theorist": [6]

Exhibition "This is not a House" at the Wapping Project Bankside (09 May – 30 June 2012): [7]

Edgar Martins (top left image): [8]

Untitled from the series "The Accidental Theorist", 2007: [9]

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