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Broomberg and Chanarin

Sacrti, Broomberg & ChanarinScarti
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin
Trolley Books


64 pages
220 x 260 mm
ISBN 9781907112461


‘Scarti di Avviamento’ is the technical term for the paper that is fed through the printing press to clean the drums of ink between print runs. This by-product is usually destroyed once the book is printed. But in this case the ‘scarti’ – Italian for scraps – were saved and safely stored away by publisher Gigi Giannuzzi. Following his untimely death in December 2012 this box was discovered. In these scraps the layering of the original images from Ghetto appear almost purposeful. The twice-printed sheets reveal uncanny and often beautiful combinations, both compositionally and contextually. In one the arm of a South African prisoner drops casually into the scene of young Tanzanian refugees perched in a tree, whilst in another an American octogenarian from ‘Leisure World’ retirement home sits almost perfectly atop the knee of a Kurdish lorry driver. Yet in truth they are nothing more than a series of little accidents.

About the Artists
Broomberg and Chanarin is made up of artists, Adam Broomberg (b. 1970) and Oliver Chanarin (b. 1971) who live and work in London. Together they have had numerous international exhibitions. Their work is represented in major public and private collections. They were awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for their book War Primer 2, described as a “book that physically inhabits the pages of Bertolt Brecht’s remarkable 1955 publication War Primer.” They were awarded the International Center of Photography Infinity Award for their publication, Holy BibleBroomberg and Chanarin founded the imprint Chopped Liver Press to publish and sell their own books as well as those by other artists.

About the Publisher
Trolley Books is an independent UK publisher, specialising in art and photography books. Areas covered by Trolley include social reportage, photojournalism/current affairs and contemporary art and architecture.

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