The re-release of Allan Sekula’s seminal book critiquing the bond between capitalism and representations of material culture. Photography has. Ohio Arts Council. ERRATA Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data Page For Read Sekula, Allan Photography against the grain x, line 29 an overt a covert. Photography against the grain: essays and photo works, Front Cover. Allan Sekula. Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design,

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He sees himself ideally as the antagonist and ethical better of the offi- cial portrait photographer, the court aallan whose function is valida- tion and promotion and whose life is, as a result, supposedly allxn comfortable than that of the freelancer. The woman looks pensive; the daughter looks as though she might be ill; the boy looks concerned until we detect the sug- gestion of an encroaching smile in his features.

What unites these tasks, what lends this book its “unitary” character as a text, is a concern with photography as a social prac- tice.

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The photograph is invested with a complex metonymic power, a power that transcends the perceptual lhotography passes into the realm of affect. Allxn magazines repre- sent the voice of the philanthropic agents of capital, of an emergent reformist bureaucracy that, for its lack of a clear institutional sta- tus, has the look of a political threat to capital. I thank my parents, Ignace Sekula and Evelyn Sekula, for their contribution to and thoughtful comments on the works in this book, and for their understanding.

Eric Johnson, “The Composer’s Vision: To ask other readers questions about Photography Against the Grainplease sign up. Once anchored by the caption, the photograph itself stands, in its typical- ity, for a legally verifiable class of injuries and for the “humanity” of a class of wage laborers. I believe that Art is, and cannot be other than, the exact repro- duction of Nature Paul rated it it was ok Dec 28, The task for art to accomplish is to make that feeling of brotherhood and love of one’s neighbor, now attained only by the best members of society, the customary feeling and in- stinct of all men.


Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. But what of the relations which governed the original meaning of these aerial photographs?

The question here is one of theatricalized social role, of a sustained social interaction between Galella, as photo- grapher, and Jacqueline, as celebrity.

The photographer marks a young man in a straw hat as a spectator, suggesting this figure as an embodiment of Stieglitz as Subject. This background fabric serves as a supporting structure for either melodic or visual shapes.

Thus an industty that could give us a 11 Photographic Meaning result identical to Nature would be the absolute of art. Leg crushed between cars, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

A Slavic-looking woman sits holding her four- or five-year-old daughter. The quest for transparency led to the use of large photographic plates to minimize the effect of grain. The Bush woman “learns to read” after learning first that a “reading” is an appropriate outcome of contemplating a piece of glossy paper.

Allan Sekula, Against the Grain: An Interview with David Campany

Aperture pro- poses a community of mystics united in the exchange of fetishes. Certainly it is impossible to escape or ignore the fact that this is a work by a young man about the conditions of his own upbringing and those of his siblings. In a sense it would go beyond them, for here se,ula be a picture based on related shapes and on the deepest human feeling, a step in my own evolution, a spontaneous discovery. This may seem like a trivial assertion when viewed from a contemporary vantage point — we are by now quite used to “art- ful” reproductions of photographs.

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They seem to have been devoid of any rhetorical structure. This is the enemy: The problem then is to account for a range of possible readings of these pictures, to identify the covert conditions of several phofography versations” or “monologues” within which these photographs achieve significance.

But this poverty of meaning was conditional rather than immanent. What I am suggesting is that we can separ- ate a level of report, of empirically grounded rhetoric, and photobraphy level of “spiritual” rhetoric. That seems like a positive message to end on: Instead, a claustrophobic maritime space ensues.

For the first time the photographic reproduction signifies an intrinsic value, a value that resides in its immediate physical nature, its “crafted- ness. Galella’s are the only photographs to appear in this particular issue of Photoplay train credit. A vast archive has been opened up for art historical sorting and ac- creditation.

Photography Against the Grain: Essays and Photo Works, 1973-1983

The image is also invested with a magical power to penetrate appearances and thus to transcend the visible; to reveal, for example, secrets of human character. Theophile Gautier, Mademoiselle de Maupin, London,pp. I prefer it in the book. It is with this difference in mind that we can consider the neologism framing Waiting for Tear Gas: This is the fantasy of the totally transparent medium, of a documentary art liberated from the indeterminacy principle.

His self-justifications continually shift between two con- tradictory poles. Well, the history of photographer-writers is long and illustrious. And thus also the category of the author is especially fragile and subject to editorial revision.