War Primer 2 by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

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This paperback edition is a facsimile of the book which earned Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin the 2013 Deutsche Brse Photography Prize.War Primer 2appropriates the first English-language version of Bertolt Brechts remarkable 1955Kriegsfibelin which Brecht combined press photographs from the World Wars with four-line poems. Compiled intermittently over three decades, Brechts book was a visual and lyrical attack on war and its propagandists under modern capitalism. Shifting the critique to contemporary narratives perpetuated by the so-called ‘War on Terror’, Broomberg and Chanarin strategically overlay the pages of BrechtsWar Primerwith images culled from the internet and generated by the actors, propagators and reporters of the contemporary conflict.

Underlying this junction of two visual histories is a profound skepticism of mass media images.War Primernotably drew attention to the didactic role of photojournalism that served wars callous profiteers. The title deliberately recalled textbooks used to teach primary school children how to read, and the book, which used razor-sharp words to dismantle visual messages, effectively served as a manual, demonstrating how to read or translate press photographs images that Brecht referred to as hieroglyphics in need of decoding.

Perfect bound paperback
200 pages
114 colour plates
24 cm x 29 cm
Publication date: February 2018
ISBN 978-1-912339-14-3

Additional information

Weight 1250 g
Dimensions 35 × 30 × 5 cm


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