GhettoAdam Broomberg
Oliver Chanarin
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In a journey through twelve modern ghettos, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin document the lives of their inhabitants by asking each the same questions and then taking their photograph. From a refugee camp in Tanzania to a mental asylum in Cuba and an old people's holiday camp in the USA.
Between the image of a life and the medium that delivers it there is a void. On the one hand there is the machinery of film, the written word and song, the medium itself. On the other hand there exists the life. It was this void that Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin sought to describe by illustrating the sheer and apparent dignity of lives removed from the everyday, of people who live in societies far from the mainstream.

They chose 12 rare communities, from a prison in South Africa to a retirement home in California and a gypsy ghetto in Macedonia. They spent a month in each place, methodically photographing and asking the same questions: "Who is in power here? Where do you go to be alone, to make love, to be with friends? What are your hopes and dreams?"

The answers they received to their questions were both revealing and absurd, but with the powerful and dramatic truths that they found. For instance, with Rafael, a patient in the mental asylum in Cuba:

"What are you scared of Rafael?"

"I'm afraid of the outside."


"Because Rafael is there and I don't want to see him."

"But you are Rafael."

"Now you understand what I'm scared of."
ISBN: 978-1-904563-00-6
Publication Year: 2003
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 516
Format: 185 x 230
Illustrations: over 300 colour
Retail Price: UK £49.95 \ US $79.95 \ EURO €59.95 \ CAN $74.95 \ AUS $89.95
Designer: Fernando Gutierrez @ Pentagram
List: Photography
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin are a photographic team based in London. Together they have produced three photographic books: Trust (2000) which accompanied their solo-show at The Hasselblad Center, Ghetto (2003) a collection of their work as editors and principal photographers of Colors magazine and Mr Mkhize's Portrait (2004) which documented South Africa ten years after apartheid and accompanied their solo show at The Photographers' Gallery. Together they have had
numerous international exhibitions and their work is represented in major public and private collections
including Tate Modern, The Museum of Modern Art, the Stedelijk Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum,
Musee de l’Elysee, The International Center of Photography and Loubna Fine Art Society. They also have their own imprint, Chopped Liver Press.They were recently awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 for their work, War Primer 2.

Photo District News annual 2004 Photo District News annual 2004 Photo DistrictPhoto District News annual 2004 News annual 2004 2004
included in the best books category

GRIN Awards (Gruppo Redattori Iconografici Nazionale)
won 1st prize