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Edgar Martins
The Diminishing Present
29 April - 18 June 2005
Private View Thursday 28 April 2005, 6.30-9.00pm

Photofusion is delighted to present an exhibition of new photographs by Edgar Martins. The Diminishing Present explores uncertainty, flux and transition within the urban landscape. In the absence of human presence and going beyond a pure formal investigation, Martins' photographs question and challenge our relationship to, and perception of, the city.

"[The] process of mutual input and feedback between our perceptual organs and unconscious mind based on our grasp of the nuances of language is a very personal one and goes a long way to explain why our own particular view and interpretation of an artwork is so unique and singular. Martins, with his photographs of empty, banal scenes, provides the bare bones of these artworks and we flesh them out through our own unique syntheses of experience, memory and imagination." Roy Exley, 'Suspicion: Edgar Martins' Forensic Landscapes' (commissioned for The Diminishing Present, The Moth House, 2005)

Edgar Martins is Portuguese by birth and grew up in Macau, China. He completed an MA in Photography & Fine Art at the Royal College of Art following a BA (Hons) in Photography & Social Sciences at the University of Arts London (formerly London College of Printing). He has won numerous awards including a Jerwood Photography Award in 2003 for his series 'Black Holes & Other Inconsistencies' which has toured internationally. His work is held in collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Museum of Modern Art and the Orient Foundation, Macau, China; The Photographers' Gallery, London.

The book, The Diminishing Present, will be published in June in English and Portuguese by The Moth House and has texts by David Chandler, Maria do Carmo Séren, Roy Exley, John Gray, Peter D. Osborne and Nuno Porto & Rita Amarel, priced £38.00 (hardback).

Gallery Talk
Edgar Martins will be giving a talk during the exhibition on Tuesday 10 May at 7.15pm.
Price £5.00 / £3.00 concessions. To book a place, please contact John Phillips on 020 7738 5774 or email

Gallery open: Tues to Sat 10am - 6pm, Thurs 10am - 8pm
Gallery closed: Sun, Mon & Bank Holidays
Free admission and wheelchair access



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