Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin: Fig.
Fig. features over eighty still lives, portraits and landscapes by photographers Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, drawing together newly commissioned work made around the south coast of England and internationally, and traces links between photography, imperialism and the colonial impulse to acquire, map and collect. The publications diverse imagery harks back to an era of Victorian collecting, which resulted in strange accumulations of objects being deposited in local museums throughout the UK. As Broomberg and Chanarin 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.
Hardcover: 176 pages
Dimensions: 16.51 x 2.29 x 21.59 cm
Publisher: Steidl (2008)