The late Dutch photographer Peter Martens found life in the United States to be as ruthless and difficult for many as it is in developing and war-torn countries. Known as a versatile street photographer, Martens was inspired by the American tradition of engaged documentary photography as a form of advocacy for the disadvantaged and outcast. From his first trip to the U.S. in the early 1970s, it became his favorite place to work: he found there the clearest illustration the confusion and lovelessness that he regarded as characteristic of modern Western society. This deeply personal journey through the streets of New York is one of two mock-ups that Martens had left edited but unpublished before his death in 1992. Now, for the first time this poignant body of work has been published in this raw but elegant tribute to Martens’s vision.
11 1/2 inches/ 196 pp/ 170 duotone
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Few Loving Voices
In Peter Martens’ classic grainy photographs from the 1970s and 80s, Bogotá, Bangkok, Calcutta, Hong Kong and Ouagadougou are revealed as sites of global injustice. The central figure in Marten’s visual universe is that of the human form prostrate among his fellow man—praying, crippled, deformed, begging, ecstatic, morally broken or even lifeless. The flanking figures of authority—uniformed guards, military and religious leaders—represent guidance and oppression, dominance and support. This book, assembled by the artist before his death in 1992, has been held unpublished in the archives of the Nederlands Fotomuseum for the last twenty years. It features the best of this under-recognized sociodocu- mentary photographer’s creative oeuvre—photojournalism as a testimony of the downtrodden.
11 1/2 inches 240 pp/ 214 duotone
Retail Price: $65.00