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Allan Sekula was an American photographer, writer, filmmaker and critic and I remember seeing his work at the Prix Pictet Exhibition (Theme of. Sekula, A. () The body and the archive, in Bolton, R. (ed.) The contest of meaning: critical histories of photography, Cambridge: MIT Press. The main. Transcript. Allan Sekula: The Body and the Archive. ” photography is not the harbinger of modernity, for the world is already modernizing.

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There was obviously more than one interview in where Evans discussed his view as ASX reproduce another interview here. The Museum is a very influential place. The archival paradigm is represented by the work of Alphonse Bertillon French, and Francis Galton English,two pioneers of early scientific policing that developed the concepts and tools that allowed the growth of the generalised practice of the bureaucratic handling of visual documents.

Amongst the modernists, he mentions August Sanders author of the book: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Leave a Bodu Cancel reply Enter your comment here By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Notify me of new comments via email. This entry was posted sekuls Uncategorized. But this was particularly important because, as I say, more than I realized it established the documentary style as art in photography.

In some respects it reminded me of the s Monty Python Sketch as seen here.

Allan Sekula “The Body and the Archive” (1986)

Progressing With Digital Photography. This site uses cookies. Hence, the work of two leading figures in this field is considered, the Frenchman Alphonse Bertillon and the Englishman Francis Galton. The sciences of phrenology and physiognomy used photography in an attempt to further their claims and develop their research. For the first time it was influential, you see.

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Nancy Burson who has produced many computerized composites. Email required Address never made public.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Notify me of new comments via email. Although that is important to any artist.

Amongst the contemporary photographers, Sekula contrast the approaches by two women photographers: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. This site uses cookies. Eugene Atget, Ragpicker Walker Evans, New York [Subway Passengers, New York], Others, that opposed the archival paradigm were Augene Atgetwho photographed like the police daily life crime scenes but to show the squalid conditions people lived in, and Walker Evans American, —that developed work in dialogue with police uses of photography see the Subway photographs but opposed the bureaucratic structure of the photo archive with a more poetic approach see the American Photos Nancy Burson, Mankind Oriental, Caucasian, and Black, weighted according to current population statistics—85 Martha Rosler, Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained, color videotape, 40 minutes.

Email required Address never made public. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The essay becomes most interesting to me from p.

The archivw of meaning: The use of photography by the police has been significant and impacted upon society yet this is largely unrecognised. Others, that opposed the archival paradigm were Augene Atgetwho photographed like the police daily life crime scenes but to show the squalid conditions people lived in, and Walker Evans American, —that developed work in dialogue with police uses of photography see the Subway photographs but opposed the bureaucratic structure of the photo archive with a more poetic approach ardhive the American Photos.

People of the 20th Centuryas an attempt to show universal social and professional classes its chapters include: But the style of detachment and record is another matter. Galton on the other hand, develop the method of composite portraiture, which consisted in combine through repeated limited exposure working with the negatives in a specially prepared apparatus the faces of a number of individuals sharing similar characteristics criminality, illness, race, etcin order to arrive at the average type.

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This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. You thee commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Email required Address never made public. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: In the end of the essay, Sekula pushes his archice further to place current photographers practices within this tradition, distinguishing between photographers that embrace the archival paradigm and those that oppose it.

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Seeing a photograph on front of The Times newspaper that is used to draw attention to an article on Jewish women, I see not merely the look of the woman whom I am asked to consider as Jewish but the artificiality of the context, the idea that there is such a thing as a typical Jewish woman. Evans is referring to his work having been in an Exhibition.

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