Holy Bible by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
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Edition: First, second printing
The Archive of Modern Conflict holds the largest photographic collection centred around war, violence and calamity. Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin mined this archive with philosopher Adi Ophir’s central tenet in mind: that God reveals himself predominantly through catastrophe and that power structures within the Bible correlate with those within modern systems of governance. The format of Broomberg and Chanarin’s illustrated Holy Bible mimics both the precise structure and the physical form of the King James Version. By allowing elements of the original text to guide their image selection, the artists explore themes of authorship, and the unspoken criteria used to determine acceptable evidence of conflict.
Holy Bible was selected as the winner of the 2013 Deutsche Borse photography prize.