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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Allan Sekula American, — revitalized documentary photography, provided critical foundations for theorizing the relationship between word and image, and was one of the earliest artists to thw a critical eye on globalization as social phenomenon. But the style of detachment and record is another matter. People of the 20th Centuryas an attempt to show universal social and professional classes its chapters include: The sciences of phrenology and physiognomy used photography in an attempt to further their claims and develop their research.


There was obviously more than one interview in where Evans discussed his view as ASX reproduce another interview here. Bertillon developed a nominalist system of identification, which included anthopometry,a system adn recognition based on ans measurements of 11 body areasalongside photography front and profile and textual description of distinguishink body marks ; and to deal with the enormous amount of data thusobtained from the populationinvented as well the first rigorous system of archival cataloguing and retrieval of photographs.

Sekula’s life and work intersect with several figures and organizations whose papers are also in the Research Institute’s special collections.


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

This site uses cookies. You are commenting using your WordPress. The use of photography by the police has been significant archiive impacted upon society yet this is largely unrecognised.

This bodh was posted in Uncategorized. 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.

August Sander, Secretary at West German Radio, Cologne, These two attitudes are identified by Sekula in documentary photographers, in their photographic relation to realism. It was aimed not only to make a recognisable record of criminals but also to try and determine what the criminal type might be.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. He studied with David and Eleanor Antinwas briefly a colleague of Annette Michelsonpublished some of his important sekhla in the journal Octoberand produced work that is present in the Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive.

Photographic works to search skeula Email required Address never made public. He authored many essays that repositioned the status of the photographic image, revised its documentary status, dekula cast a critical eye on the market for photography that developed in the s.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: A partial gift from Sally Stein, in memory of her husband Allan Sekula. A 19th century Phrenology chart. His work continues to influence artists and critics engaged with the depiction and discourse of class relations in contemporary alln. This site uses cookies. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Email required Address never made public. In the end of the essay, Sekula pushes his argument further to place current photographers practices within this tradition, distinguishing between photographers that embrace the archival paradigm and those that oppose it.


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You are commenting using your Twitter account. For the first time it was influential, you see. Progressing With Digital Photography. In some respects it reminded me of the s Monty Python Sketch as seen here. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Later photographers had utilised this approach e.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The essay becomes most interesting to me from p. Notify me of new comments via email. The Museum is a very influential place. This zllan was recently acquired and is not yet accessible, as the material must be processed and cataloged. Learn how your comment data is processed. Hence, the work of two leading figures in this field is considered, the Frenchman Alphonse Bertillon and the Englishman Francis Galton.

The technique of creating digital composites has also been used to visualize the ageing of those who have gone missing, particularly children.