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 …

Susan Sontag – Quotes from ‘On Photography’

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Quite frankly, I am not a fan of Susan Sontag. I find her work lacking in academic rigour, and very prone to deeply personal judgment – in fact, she and Roland Barthes have much in common on these two counts. That approach would of course be fine if their work was not held up as two of the great canons …