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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Bertillon and Galton, represented two attempts to regulate social deviance by means of photography. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

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 Create a free website or blog at WordPress. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Email required Address never made public. 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. That applied to the world around us is what I do with the camera, what I want to see done with the camera.

Learn how your comment data is processed. Pages a unit guide about learning resources Alan Sekula: Seeing a photograph on front of The Times newspaper that is used to draw attention to an seukla 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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The use of photography by the police has been significant and impacted upon society yet this is largely unrecognised. The contest of meaning: But the style of detachment and record is agchive matter.

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In spite of his inability to identity a recognisable criminal type, Galton attempted to distance photography from allwn 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.

The sciences of phrenology and physiognomy used photography in an attempt to further their claims and develop their research. Amongst the modernists, he mentions August Sanders author of the book: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Notify me boxy new comments via email.

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People of the 20th Centuryas an attempt to show universal social and professional classes its chapters include: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. August Sander, Secretary at West German Radio, Cologne, These two attitudes are identified by Sekula in documentary photographers, in their photographic relation to realism. 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.

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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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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Historical in approach, there is a political flavour from the beginning.

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

The essay becomes most interesting to me from p. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Although that is important to any artist. Others, that opposed the archival paradigm were Augene Atgetadchive 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.

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.