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.
Limited number of signed copies available through The Moth House.


December 2009
84 pages
1000 copies
Clothbound hardcover with tipped-in image (available in two different covers)
Interview by Gerry Badger


When Light Casts no Shadow

Edgar Martins

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).       Read More >


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