Broomberg + Chanarin win the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin have won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 for their book War Primer 2 published by MACK.

War Primer 2 is a limited edition book that physically inhabits the pages of Bertold Brecht’s remarkable 1955 publication War Primer. Brecht’s photo-essay comprises 85 images, photographic fragments or collected newspaper clippings, that were placed next to a four-line poem, called ‘photo-epigrams’. Broomberg and Chanarin layered Google search results for the poems over Brecht’s originals.

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  1. Reblogged this on Fleeting moments of reason and commented:
    Incredibly thought provoking piece. Inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s original War Primer book 1955 these two photographers insightfully use appropriated images sourced from the internet to comment on the depiction of modern warfare through photography.

    This too was the method Brecht used to make his book but instead of the internet he used the newspapers imagery For Brecht, “photography, in the hands of the bourgeoisie [was] a terrible weapon against truth” and needed to be further decoded with his own poetry to allude to the corrupt forces at play behind war and to get at the truth.

    ‘What’s that you’re making, brothers?’ ‘Iron waggons.’

    ‘And what about those great steel plates you’re lifting?’

    ‘They’re for the guns that blast the iron to pieces.’

    ‘And what’s it all for, brothers?’ ‘It’s our living.’

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