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Then and Now: Holy Bible Reinterpreted as a Photobook

There are just times when a visual work pops up and has "controversy" written all over it . Such is the case with the photobook project by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin released in 2013.

Holy Bible by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin image via MACK

As most may know, the Holy Bible is full of scriptures and passages that are identified with Christianity and all its teachings. But a collaboration project of Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin gives a completely new spin to the traditional and rather conservative image of the most printed book of all time.

Broomberg and Chanarin’s reinterpretation of the Holy Bible has resulted in a photobook that juxtaposes scriptures and passages with intriguing photographs depicting controversial subjects like war and violence. Broomberg and Chanarin used different imagery from the Archive of Modern Conflict to highlight different ideas that can be found in the bible.

The book’s 758 pages are full of photographs that can be viewed from different perspectives and contexts. The book tackles different ideas and topics such as war, violence, power and religion to name few with the help of compelling images and highlighted snippets from the bible itself. Clearly, this book is not for the faint-hearted but as far as photographs go, “Holy Bible” offers a wide range of powerful imagery and will surely be a page-turner.

“Holy Bible” is included in TIME magazine’s Best Photobooks of 2013 and is published by MACK.

All information used in this article were sourced from Broomberg and Chanarin, TIME Lightbox spotted via Lens Culture.

written by cheeo

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This is the original article written in: English. It is also available in: Deutsch.