ALLAN SEKULA THE BODY AND THE ARCHIVE PDF

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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Historical in approach, there is a political flavour from the beginning. In some respects it reminded me of the s Monty Python Sketch as seen here. These two attitudes are seiula by Sekula in documentary photographers, in their photographic relation to realism. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your arcjive here 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, Th Obtained, color videotape, 40 minutes.

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

The contest of meaning: There was obviously more than one interview in where Evans discussed his view as ASX reproduce another interview here. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Sekula certainly provides plentiful evidence to support his viewpoint on the repressive use of photography and I think this is an interesting standpoint, given that he wrote this essay 30 years ago.

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People of the 20th Centuryas an attempt to show universal social and professional classes its chapters include: Pages a unit guide about learning resources Alan Sekula: You are commenting using your Twitter account.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. This site uses cookies. Both had different approaches to the task of classifying people and trying to determine typologies. 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.

Evans is referring to his work having been in an Exhibition.

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Although that is important to any artist. 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.

Later photographers had utilised this approach e. The essay becomes most interesting to me from p.

In spite of his inability to identity a recognisable criminal type, Galton attempted to distance photography from its indexical relationship with the real, elevating it to the order of the symbolic, more than a trace of the individual to get to the generalised order of the abstraction. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Notify me of new comments via email.

Hence, the work of two leading figures in this field is considered, the Frenchman Alphonse Bertillon and the Englishman Francis Galton. 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.

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He links photography with policing early in the essay referring to the fact that Robert Tbe, regarded as the father of the modern British police, was a major collector and trustee of the National Gallery founded in Lalan, 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.

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A 19th century Phrenology chart. The main discussion points are: For Sekula, the archival paradigm provides an instrumental realism to photography, that operates according to a specific repressive logic, of which the criminal identification photographs provide the clearest illustration, with their only purpose which is to facilitate the arrest of their referent. Nancy Burson who has produced many computerized composites. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

But this was particularly important because, as I say, more than I realized it established the documentary style as art in photography. The Museum is a very influential place. You are commenting using your WordPress. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.