Deutsche Börse photography prize 2013 won by Broomberg and Chanarin
London-based duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin praised for their work War Primer 2, which uses montage to comment on photography's role in the 'war on terror'
The London-based artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin have become the first duo to win the Deutsche Börse photography prize. They were presented with the £30,000 award by the film director Mike Figgis at a ceremony this evening at the Photographers' Gallery in London, which sponsors the prize.
The award is for a "significant contribution to the medium of photography either through an exhibition or publication in Europe" throughout the previous year. Broomberg and Chanarin were praised for their book War Primer 2, originally published in a small edition by Mack Books, which reworks Bertolt Brecht's original War Primer publication from 1955 using internet screengrabs and mobile phone snaps to comment on the role of photography in the so-called "war on terror".
The work will also feature in the New Photography 2013 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in September.
Adam Broomberg (b.1970, South Africa) and Oliver Chanarin (b.1971, London) have published nine monographs and have participated in numerous international exhibitions. Broomberg and Chanarin teach at the Zurich University of the Arts and are Visiting Fellows at the University of the Arts London. Their work is represented in major public collections including; MoMA, Tate Collection, The Stedelijk Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Musee de l'Elysee.