War Primer 2

War Primer 2

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

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Winner Deutsche Börse photography prize 2013. War Primer 2 is a limited edition book by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin that physically inhabits the pages of Bertolt Brecht’s remarkable publication War Primer (Libris, 1998). The original was published in German in 1955 under the title Kriegsfibel.

War Primer 2 was published by MACK in 2011 and sold out immediately. While War Primer was concerned with images of the Second World War, War Primer 2 updates Brecht’s piece with images of the conflict generated by both sides of the so-called “War on Terror”.

War Primer 2 was produced in the artists’ studio in a limited edition of 100 copies, applying silkscreen and offset printed images to 100 copies of a 1998 edition (Libris, London) of Bertolt Brecht’s 1955 War Primer. This digital version combines critical and academic essays about War Primer with a screen based rendition of the artist’s book.