Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

Monday, 27 July 2015

“[Jean] Rouch made his ethnographic films in collaboration with his subjects. He refused to uphold the traditional hierarchy of power between the observer and the observed. Once he had produced a first edit of a film, it would be screened on location and comments would be incorporated into subsequent edits. It was not a token gesture towards collaboration. His films evolved out of this process of feedback and discussion. Likewise we have used Polaroids in this way, to break down the one-way flow of power between us and our subjects.” Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin in conversation with Anouk Kruithof • 1000 Words