Widely acclaimed, The Diminishing Present is presented in three inter-related segments and one final, independent chapter.

The premise for this work stemmed from Rushdie’s closing observations in the book The Wizard of Oz (BFI Film Classics): ‘Its not that there is no place like home, there is no longer any such thing as “home”’.

Produced almost entirely within a 3km radius of Martins’ home and studio, The Diminishing Present is a journey of recognition: the city and, in a broader sense, home, as our object of understanding is changing and because of this one needs to find a new critical language that supports it, and a new system of knowledge from which to derive our glossary of life.


July 2006
160 pages
500 copies (signed and numbered)
Blind debossing on front & back covers with tipped-in image, housed in a screen printed acrylic slipcase
Bilingual in English & Portuguese
Essays by David Campany, David Chandler, Nuno Porto & Rita Amaral, Peter D. Osborne


The Diminishing Present

Edgar Martins

The Diminishing Present was shot almost exclusively in Martins' hometown of Bedford, UK. Inspired by Salman Rushdie's reflections on the film 'The Wizard of OZ', The Diminishing Present explores the concept of 'home'.      Read More >