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Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

British, 1970 and 1971

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Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

British, 1970 and 1971

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Rejecting the 21st-century obsession with “shock-value” photojournalism, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin approach their craft as something closer to ethnography. The pair avoid a signature style, and instead opt for a minimal, almost neutral approach, culling visual data about human behavior in realms of political discord. For example, for The Day Nobody Died (2008), they joined the British Army in Afghanistan and made a series of photographs that respond to each event they witnessed by exposing film to the light for 20 seconds. These abstract, camera-less photograms are the antithesis of war photography, referencing the impossibility of capturing on film the horrors of war.

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Rejecting the 21st-century obsession with “shock-value” photojournalism, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin approach their craft as something closer to ethnography. The pair avoid a signature style, and instead opt for a minimal, almost neutral approach, culling visual data about human behavior in realms of political discord. For example, for The Day Nobody Died (2008), they joined the British Army in Afghanistan and made a series of photographs that respond to each event they witnessed by exposing film to the light for 20 seconds. These abstract, camera-less photograms are the antithesis of war photography, referencing the impossibility of capturing on film the horrors of war.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Power Station of Art
Articles Featuring Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
An Artists’ Collaged Bible Heralds the Horrors of War, Past and Present
Mar 31st, 2015
An Artists’ Collaged Bible Heralds the Horrors of War, Past and Present
The Modern American Landscape
Mar 10th, 2013
The Modern American Landscape
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