The Body and the Archive*. ALLAN SEKULA. there must be arranged a comprehensive system of exchanges, so that there might grow up something. pretation promised a vast taxonomic ordering of images of the body. This was an archival promise. Its realization would seem to be grounded primarily in the. 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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He authored many essays that repositioned the status of the photographic image, revised its documentary status, and cast a critical eye on the market for photography that developed in the s. There was obviously more than one interview in where Evans discussed his view as ASX reproduce another interview here. 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 dekula purpose which is to facilitate the arrest of their referent.

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Notify me of new comments via email. You are commenting using your Facebook account. The technique of creating digital composites has also been used to visualize the ageing of those who have gone missing, particularly children. The Getty Research Institute, This archive was recently acquired and is not yet accessible, as the material must be processed and cataloged. You are commenting using your WordPress.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Hence, the work of two leading figures in this field is considered, the Frenchman Alphonse Bertillon and the Englishman Francis Galton. 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. Amongst the contemporary photographers, Sekula contrast the approaches by two women photographers: Others, that opposed the archival paradigm were Augene Atgetwho photographed like the police daily life crime scenes but to teh 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.


Email required Address never made public. Although that is important to any artist. In place of aesthetics sejula privileged the instantaneity or purely pictorial qualities of photography, he produced and modified his work over long periods of time, and in series, so that the significance emerged from the entirety of the corpus.

Notify me of new comments via email. He links photography with policing early in the essay referring to the fact that Robert Peel, regarded as the father of the modern British police, was a major collector and trustee of the National Gallery founded in 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.

Email required Address never made public. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: He was an early proponent of artistic engagement with theoretical developments, and many of allqn essays are canonical texts in photographic theory, from early critiques of photographic tastemakers Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen to a pioneering analysis of the will to power expressed in the historical formation of photographic archives.


The Museum is a very influential place.

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

For the first time it was influential, you see. This archive documents his practice as an artist tthe writer, serving as a defining resource for researchers interested not only in Sekula but in the transformation of photography as both a allzn and an art form in the postwar era. Pages a unit guide about learning resources Alan Sekula: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: His papers also join already substantial holdings at the Research Institute that track the transformation of photography in the s ane s, including the papers of Lewis BaltzEd RuschaRobert MapplethorpeSam Wagstaffand Harry Lunn.

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This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Lastly, Sekula’s interest in all manner of work—paid and unpaid, casual and unionized—and the changing maritime world led him to become one of the first artists to seriously consider the effects of containerized shipping on outsourced production and global trade.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Secondly, Sekula stressed the connections between photographic image and text, both in his artwork and in his critical writing. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: