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Allan Sekula

Allan Sekula was born on January 15, 1951 in Erie, PA. He died in Los Angeles on August 10, 2013. Sekula received an MFA from University of California, San Diego in 1974. Shortly after receiving his degree, he began publishing widely-read articles in ARTFORUM. He taught briefly at New York University in the School of Cinema Studies, then for five years at Ohio State University’s Department of Photography and Cinema, before returning in 1985 to Los Angeles to join the faculty of California Institute of the Arts where he taught for nearly three decades. The essays collected in his first book, Photography against the Grain: Essays and Photo Works 1973–83 (1984), significantly altered the way in which the documentary function of photography was conceptualised. Other books include Fish Story, 1995; Geography Lesson: Canadian Notes, 1996; Dismal Science, 1999; Performance under Working Conditions, 2003; TITANIC’s Wake, 2003; Polonia and Other Fables, 2009; and The Dockers’ Museum, 2013 (forthcoming). Sekula has received numerous honours including Artist’s and Critic’s awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Getty Research Institute, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, and The Calder Studio Residence. In 2012 he was awarded the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art by the College Art Association.   Solo exhibitions include: Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston, MA Akbank Art Center, Instabul, Turkey Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Belgium

Allan Sekula