Allan Sekula, Fish Story / Symposium with Benjamin Buchloh, Eduardo Cadava, Nadja Millner-Larsen, and Benjamin Young; introduced by Sally Stein
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Allan Sekula, Fish Story
Symposium with Benjamin Buchloh, Eduardo Cadava, Nadja Millner-Larsen, and Benjamin Young; introduced by Sally Stein

Allan Sekula, Fish Story
Symposium with Benjamin Buchloh, Eduardo Cadava, Nadja Millner-Larsen, and Benjamin Young; introduced by Sally Stein
Date
September 21, 2018, 7pm
e-flux
311 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002
USA

On the occasion of the republication of Allan Sekula's Fish Story, please join us for a symposium bringing together speakers Benjamin Buchloh, Eduardo Cadava, Nadja Millner-Larsen, and Benjamin Young, introduced by Sally Stein.

Allan Sekula (1951–2013) was a renowned photographer, filmmaker, theorist, photography historian, and critic. His magnum opus Fish Story was realized as a book and exhibition, investigating the maritime world as a site of class conflict, and the ocean as a key space of globalization.

Today, Fish Story is regarded as a seminal early critique of global capitalism, as well as a landmark body of work that challenged perceptions about the role of photography as a documentary medium. Now that it’s been nearly 25 years since the book was first published, this symposium asks four art historians, critics, and writers variously engaged with Sekula’s ideals to discuss its enduring value, principal concerns, and elaborate structure.

From 1989 to 1995, Sekula spent seven years photographing harbors and major port cities around the world. Along his multiple journeys, he charted the migration of people and circuits of capital, chronicling – with pen and camera – the experiences of diverse workforces.

Fish Story, now republished by MACK (London), spans seven montage-like chapters. Bringing together over 100 color photographs and miscellaneous texts, the book also includes an illustrated essay by Sekula, which charts western visual representations of the sea, and an essay by Benjamin Buchloh entitled “Allan Sekula: Photography Between Discourse and Document.”

RSVP on Eventbrite. Please note that RSVPs will be held until 6:45pm; we will welcome non-RSVPs thereafter. 

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Category
Capitalism, Labor & Work, Globalization
Subject
Photojournalism, Extractivism

Allan Sekula (1951-2013) was an American photographer, writer, filmmaker, theorist and critic. From 1985 until his death in 2013, he taught at California Institute of the Arts. His work frequently focused on large economic systems, or "the imaginary and material geographies of the advanced capitalist world.” He received fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Getty Research Institute, Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Atelier Calder and was named a 2007 USA Broad Fellow.

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