Photographs by Allan Sekula. Text by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh.
Richter Verlag, 2002. 204 pp., 96 color and 153 black-and-white illustrations, 8¾x10¼".
For the past decade, American artist and writer Allan Sekula has spent time photographing in and around harbors and high-traffic ports across the globe. He began his project in Los Angeles and San Diego, documenting the extremes of wealth and poverty as are reflected in the shipping industry, as well as the charged role of politics. Eventually he traveled as far as Korea, Scotland, and Poland, as well as other port cities across the globe. The result is Fish Story, an immense seven-chapter story which has been whittled down some 200 photographs for this volume. At it's heart is the impact of globalization on the world's economy, for better or worse. Sekula's color work has a studied approach coupled with the freedom of a wandering eye and mind. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1951, Allan Sekula is a leading photographic theoretician and the Director of the Photography Department at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Out-of-stock and awaiting publisher reprint.
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