Broomberg and Chanarin Exhibition in London
The Day Nobody Died
Exhibition on View: September 12, 2008-October 26, 2008
St Matthew’s Hall
2 Wood Close
A new exhibition by Aperture-published artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin is now open in London. This past June, the photographic duo ventured to Afghanistan during the deadliest month of the war. Instead of cameras, they brought a roll of photographic paper 50 meters long and 76.2 cm wide contained in a lightproof cardboard box. Visitors to Paradise Row will be able to see the stunning results of their work.
To learn more about the images and the process they used click here.
In the Winter 2006 issue of Aperture magazine, Broomberg and Chanarin’s The Red House was featured. This series, described by frequent contributor David Campany in the accompanying article, was composed of photographs taken of marks and drawings made on the walls of a fading pink building in Iraq. The building, with its astonishing history, was once the location of Saddam Hussein’s headquarters. In keeping with their stylistic trends, Broomberg and Chanarin deter from conventionally photographing such a symbolic landmark, and instead use a more unique approach by only photographing the wall sketches.
As Campany noted, for Broomberg and Chanarin, “the world is a set of highly coded surfaces or stages of action. The camera is used to isolate these things, to cut them out for interpretation and reflection.” As with their other work, the images from The Day Nobody Died transcend the common photographic response to war, while still maintaining a thought-provoking portrayal of it.