Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin : Fig.

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"Fig." features over 80 still lives, portraits and landscapes by London-based photographers Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. Tracing connections between photography and British colonial acquisitiveness, they unearth and document weird arcana from Victorian collections in various public museums. As Broomberg and Chanarin themselves have observed: "the history of photography is intimately bound up with the idea of colonial power. Documentary photographers today have a worrying amount in common with the collector/adventurers of past eras. As unreliable witnesses, we have gathered together 'evidence' of our experiences and present our findings here; a muddle of fact and fantasy." The items photographed range from bizarre objects found at the Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton, such as a merman's body and a unicorn's horn, to ancient waxworks and a dodo skeleton; or from floral arrangements found in the rooms of Hotel Rwanda to a single leaf blown from a tree in Tel Aviv by a bomb blast.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 166 x 216 x 24mm | 621.42g
  • Steidl Publishers
  • Steidl Verlag
  • Gottingen, Germany
  • English
  • colour photographs
  • 3865214754
  • 9783865214751
  • 529,487

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"We met Mr. Mkhize in a migrant worker's hostel in a township outside Johannesburg, South Africa. He told us that he had been photographed twice before in his life. The first was for his Passbook, a document which allowed the apartheid government to control his movements. The second was for his ID book, which allowed him to vote in the country's first democratic elections. Ten years later we met him and took his picture.show more

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