Image © Edgar Martins.

From: Jain Lemos
Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 11:24 AM
To: Edgar Martins
Subject: Edgar, are you releasing a statement re NYT images?

Hi Edgar,

Well, it’s a super long shot, but I thought perhaps you might respond to me on the record about what happened with the NYT Magazine pulling your images of the abandoned construction projects after questions were raised about possible manipulation.

Maybe I feel a connection to you because I am Portuguese-American. My grandfather was born in Flores. A little story about his unusual journey to America is here on my blog: Chase your DNA.

But also I felt compelled to write because I don’t think we have heard your side of the story. I’ve been working in photography for many years and, of course, respect Kathy Ryan’s integrity. I am interested to know what really happened so I can tell your side of the story via my blog. It is hard for me to believe that you represented your work when submitted for the story as not being digitally altered if it was. But, perhaps if you didn’t tell and you made a mistake, maybe you will explain that to us so this does not become a negative for all of your fine work, past and future!

Thank you for your time if you have read this. I hope you realize I am here to help you if I can and am not looking for anything in return.

~ Jain


From: Edgar Martins
Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 7:55 AM
To: Jain Lemos
Subject: Response

Hi Jain,


However, I will not be able to do share my views with you for a few more days.

I have been informed of the discussion that is currently taking place concerning the feature, which I had anticipated to some degree, but which I have not yet been able to acquaitance myself with it, as I am travelling and so unable to access the internet. (Yes, believe it or not there are still places in this world with limited or no internet connection..)

I will no doubt be discussing this issue you with yourself, your readers and readers from other blogs fairly soon.

In the meantime let the debate rage on… no doubt this will open up a healthy dialogue about Photography, its inexorable links to the real & its inadequacies. Or so I hope…

Warm regards,

Edgar Martins


Update July 10: I investigated, and here is my judgment.