Fish Story. Photographs and text by Allan Sekula. Essay by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh. Richter Verlag, Dusseldorf, 1995. 204 pp. Quarto (11 x 8.75 in./28 x 22 cm.) First edition. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Color reproductions.
Allan Sekula was for nearly thirty years a renowned teacher at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. He died last year. "[Fish Story is an] epic body of work...created over a five-year period of research that included travel to industrial ports all over the world. This project explored the historical, sociopolitical, aesthetic, and literary connections among such far-flung port cities as New York, Rotterdam, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Consisting of a sequence of 105 large-scale, color photographs interspersed with narrative panels authored by Sekula, as well as two slide projections, Fish Story wove an intricate web of visual and verbal associations among panoramic views of the sea, detailed close-ups of nautical devices, cargo containers, warehouses, sailors, and shipyard workers, locating the individual elements in an ever-shifting cross-current of global exchange: of goods, money, knowledge, and power. This exhibition was organized by Chris Dercon for the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and was accompanied by a full-color catalog."--SF MoMA
A bit of rubbing; small nick to rear corner.