Allan Sekula


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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).

Selected press



Allan Sekula's ports of call

July 2015


Allan Sekula at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

June 2015

The Brooklyn Rail

When? Where? How?

June 2015

Camera Austria

Allan Sekula

March 2014

texte zur kunst

Remembering Allan Sekula (1951-2013)

December 2013

Camera Austria

Allan Sekula 1951-2013

September 2013


Allan Sekula and the "Fish Story"

September 2013


Allan Sekula

December 2012

Le Quotidien de l'Art

Les travailleurs de la mer

May 2012

The Guardian

Allan Sekula: filming the forgotten resistance at sea

April 2012

Beaux Arts éditions - Qu'est-ce que la photographie aujourd'hui

Allan Sekula à contre-courant

November 2009

Le Monde

La mondialisation selon Allan Sekula

March 2008


Perversion du témoignage photographique. I Am a Camera (I Lie)

November 1998

Camera austria international

Allan Sekula

January 1997


Allan Sekula

Écrits sur la photographie

June 2013
Publisher: Beaux-Arts de Paris20 €

Disassembled Movies 1972-2012

September 2012
Publisher: Akbank Art Center

Polonia and Other Fables

September 2009
Publisher: The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Zacheta National Gallery of Art


November 2003
Publisher: Le Point du Jour
ISBN 978-2-912132-31-2

Performance Under Working Conditions

August 2003
Publisher: Generali Foundation

Dismal Science. Photo Works 1972-1996

October 1996
Publisher: University Galleries. Illinois State University