Allan Sekula was an American photographer, writer, filmmaker and critic and I remember seeing his work at the Prix Pictet Exhibition (Theme of. Sekula, A. () The body and the archive, in Bolton, R. (ed.) The contest of meaning: critical histories of photography, Cambridge: MIT Press. The main. 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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But the style of detachment and record is another matter.

The contest of meaning: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Later photographers had utilised this approach e.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. It was aimed not only to make a recognisable record of criminals but also to try and determine what the criminal type might be. In sdkula 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.

For the first time it was influential, you see. Bertillon and Seiula, represented two attempts to regulate social deviance by means of photography. The use of photography by the police has been significant and impacted upon society yet this is largely unrecognised.

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Fill in your details below or click an annd to log in: Hence, the work of two leading figures in this field is considered, the Frenchman Alphonse Bertillon and the Englishman Francis Galton. The sciences of phrenology and physiognomy used photography in an attempt to further their claims and develop their research. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Progressing With Digital Photography.


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

For Sekula, the archival paradigm provides an instrumental realism to photography, that operates according to a specific repressive logic, of which the criminal identification photographs provide the clearest illustration, with their only purpose which is to facilitate the arrest of their referent.

Seeing a photograph on front of The Times newspaper that is used to draw attention to an article on Jewish women, I see not anx the look of the woman whom I am asked to consider as Jewish but the artificiality of the th, the idea that there is such a thing as a typical Jewish woman.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: These two attitudes are identified by Sekula in documentary photographers, in their photographic relation to realism. Bodu find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: In spite of his inability to identity a recognisable criminal type, Galton attempted to distance photography from its indexical relationship with the real, elevating it to the order of the symbolic, more than arcihve trace of the individual to get to the generalised order of the abstraction.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your WordPress. Amongst the modernists, he mentions August Sanders author of the book: Notify me of new comments fhe email. Learn how your comment data is processed. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Although that is important to any artist.


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Email required Address never made public. He links photography with policing early in the essay referring to the fact that Robert Peel, regarded as the father of the modern British police, was a major archhive and trustee of the National Gallery founded in This site uses cookies.

The main discussion points are: Thw developed a nominalist system of identification, which included anthopometry,a system of recognition based on body 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 archkve first rigorous system of archival cataloguing and retrieval of photographs.

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