Photographers Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin dove into the Belfast Exposed photography archive and created a photobook called “People in Trouble, Laughing, Pushed to the Ground” published by Mack. The archive was founded in 1983 and contains over half a million images, from which over 14,000 black-and-white contact sheets documenting the Troubles in Northern Ireland. These photos were taken by professional and amateur photographers and were censored by the governement. As a reponse to that, Belfast Exposed started to collect all these images, not only showing protest and terror but also people drinking, kissing and smoking.
About the Artists:
Adam Broomberg (born 1970) and Oliver Chanarin (born 1971) are artists living and working 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 Bible. Broomberg and Chanarin founded the imprint Chopped Liver Press to publish and sell their own books as well as those by other artists. Broomberg was born in 1970, in Johannesburg, South Africa and Chanarin was born in 1971, in London.
About the Publisher:
Mack (stylised as MACK) is an independent art and photography publishing house based in London. Mack works with established and emerging artists, writers and curators, and cultural institutions, releasing between 20-25 books per year. The publisher was founded in 2010 in London by Michael Mack.