For almost two years, the Portuguese photographer Edgar Martins was allowed behind the scenes at the European Space Agency and its partner organisations around the world, from Russia to Spain to French Guiana. His exploration introduced him to everything from space simulators and testing machines to a living room designed for Mars. Many of the ideas he saw being developed at the frontiers of space science will eventually trickle down to the rest of us. Photographs from Martins’ project will be exhibited in London later this month, and a new book of his work will be published in May.
Edgar Martins’ “The Rehearsal of Space & the Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite” is published by La Fabrica/The Moth House next month. A touring exhibition of this work opens at The Wapping Project Bankside, London, on April 25 (thewappingprojectbankside.com). Earlier stages of Martins’ project featured in FT Weekend October 19/20 2013