Allan Sekula


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Born in 1951 in Erie (Pennsylvania, USA) and died in Los Angeles (USA) in 2013.

Both artist and critic, Allan Sekula is one of the pioneers of contemporary photography. Starting his artistic career with actions and performance art, his work then turned, in the early 70’s, towards a practice of social documentary, questioning photography as a medium. By conceiving what he called a “critical realism”, Sekula tried to investigate the profound ambiguity of reality, always balanced between truth and fiction. He focused mainly on showing the “performed” everyday life of post-industrial workers and on depicting the sea as a forgotten space of late-capitalism.

Allan Sekula’s work has been exhibited at Beirut Art Center, MoMa (New York), Documenta Kassel, Whitney Biennial (New York), Sao Paulo Biennial, Taipei Biennial, Centre Pompidou (Paris), Whitney Museum (New York), Hirschhorn Museum (Washington DC), New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Winnipeg Art Gallery (Vancouver), The Barbican Centre (London), La Virreina - Centre de la Imatge (Barcelona), MACBA (Barcelona),  Generali Foundation (Vienna), Foto Institute (Rotterdam).

His work is part of prestigious collections as MoMa (New York), Whitney Museum (New York), Tate Americas Foundation (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), San Diego Museum of Contemporay Art (La Jolla), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, CNAP - Centre National des Art Plastiques (Paris), FNAC – Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (Paris), IAC – Institut d’Art Contemporain (Villeurbane), MACBA (Barcelona), Museo de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid).

Selected press


Art Agenda

Allan Sekula

July 2017

L'Orient le Jour

Allan Sekula

July 2017

Colombus Dispatch

Allan Sekula

June 2017


Allan Sekula

March 2017


Allan Sekula

December 2016


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


Allan Sekula and the

September 2013

Camera Austria

Allan Sekula 1951-2013

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