Fotograf Magazine

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

The Photograph as an Accusation of the Invisible

“This is how, one thinks, walking slowly around the panorama, the past is shown to us. It’s about forging the perspective. We who have survived see everything from above, in one single moment, and yet we don’t know how it really came about.” 1 This is how Winfried G. Sebald reflects in The Rings of Saturn as he watches a panorama of the Battle of Waterloo. Such ideas accompany him on his journey across the south of England. In Sebald’s books, places are strange mixtures of spaces, times, and stories. Such are the places that Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, a London-based photographic duo of South African and Jewish heritage, respectively, seek in their work.

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