Photographer Edgar Martins is working with the European Space Agency
to produce the most comprehensive survey ever assembled about a leading scientific and space exploration organization. It is the first time in their history that they have granted an artist exclusive access to all of their facilities, staff, programs, technology, partners, etc. The access I have been granted is unparalleled, even within the framework of the residency programs specified above.
This project had an 18-month gestation period and will be launched in early 2014.
It documents over 15 separate facilities, located across the world, namely in the UK, Holland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Kazakhstan, French Guiana, etc. These locations range from test centers, robotics departments, jet propulsion laboratories, space simulators, launch sites and launch platforms, astronaut training centers and training modules, satellites and technological components, payload/launcher assembly and integration rooms, etc.
A sampling of his work can be found at:
- The Rehearsal of Space & the Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite, 2014 – edgar martins
- Striking Photos Go Deep Inside the European Space Program – Raw File/Wired.com