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Allan Sekula is an American photographer, writer, critic and, more recently, a filmmaker. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1951, died in Los Angeles in 2013.
Since the early 1970s his work has bridged the gap between conceptual art and documentary practices, focusing on economic and social themes ranging from family life, work and unemployment, to schooling and the military industrial complex.
While calling many of the conventions of documentary into question, he continues to see photography as a social practice, answerable to the world and its problems.
Selected exhibitions include Sao Paulo Biennial (2010), La Virreina, Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona (2011, 2010), Taipei Biennial (2010), Mukha Anvers (2010), Documenta Kassel (2007, 2002), Centre Pompidou (2006, 1996), Whitney Museum (2006, 2002, 1993, 1976), Generali Foundation, Vienna (2010, 2007, 2006, 2003), MACBA, Barcelone (2004, 2001, 2012), Winterthur Foto Museum (2001), Foto Institute Rotterdam (2001, 1997).
Allan Sekula's ports of call
Allan Sekula at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
When? Where? How?
Remembering Allan Sekula (1951-2013)
Allan Sekula and the "Fish Story"
Allan Sekula 1951-2013
Les travailleurs de la mer
Allan Sekula: filming the forgotten resistance at sea
Allan Sekula à contre-courant
La mondialisation selon Allan Sekula
Perversion du témoignage photographique. I Am a Camera (I Lie)
Écrits sur la photographie
Publisher: Beaux-Arts de Paris20 €
Polonia and Other Fables
Publisher: The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Zacheta National Gallery of Art