Allan Sekula – Fish Story, and Critical Realism

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Allan Sekula was one of the most influential documentarians working in the late 20th Century. An incisive critic, he also was part of the re-imagining of documentary, moving photography (and art, generally) away from that rather ferocious and inward-looking absorption with identity that was postmodernism. His masterwork, Fish Story, reminds me of Susan Meiselas’ Kurdistan. Both used historical and contemporary …

Week Eleven Reflections – Pictures at an Exhibition

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The past couple of weeks have been full of gallery visits – Don McCullin, Vincent Van Gogh and Diane Arbus. Dave Heath was at the Photographer’s Gallery – as were the Deutsche Börse Prize shortlist –  Susan Meiselas, Arwed Messmer, Laia Abril and Mark Ruwedel. And I finishing off the week with our very own Ant Prothero. I have already written about …