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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At the same time the article on Jacqueline mentions him obliquely: Could the pho- tographs of Hine and Stieglitz be understood independently of their mode and context of address?

These photographs are the most revealing in the book; they offer the strongest clues to the photographer’s interactive style and pub- lic self-image. The magazine’s editor, Bernadette Carrozza, testified against Galella while continuing to run his photographs.

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The all-encompassing logic is that of sex-role, a logic to which even her privilege is subject. Though he never quite expressed it in these terms, it seemed to me that Sekula was trying to reopen this necessarily experimental dimension of documentary. I find the Hine attractive or unattractive in its mindless straightforwardness, in the casual and repetitive disposition of figures across the frame, in the suggestion of a single vector.

Out of the head of the artist issues all the beauty that is transferred to canvas, but the roots of his imagination lie deeper than his personality. But his one virtue as an artist lies in the fact that what is hidden in most photographer’s work, the transaction that brought the image into the world, is painfully obvious in his.


Yes, very true, perhaps the idea of completion is totally irrelevant when we talk about the circulation of ideas and images. On the other hand, a more conservative and institutionally entrenched “humanist” paradigm claims to defend the autonomy of the creative subject. Or was that supplementary to his overall project?

But there is also a dialogue of opposi- tion and resistance, a dialogue within which I count myself as only one voice. What I am suggesting is that we can separ- ate a level of report, of empirically grounded rhetoric, and a level of “spiritual” rhetoric. Few photographs, except perhaps medical ones, were as apparently free from “higher” meaning in their aginst usage.

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Perhaps Galella’s ma- jor talent lies in his systematic self-documentation. Casseres’ argument has its roots in a discourse situation from which photography, in its “mechanical insistence on truth” had been excluded.

Here age after age the Secretive God stores in dreams. Recently, hte, a space has been cleared in the information industry for a kind of ritual celebration of the “creativity” of the photojournalist.

It should be noted in passing that this quest for instantaneity was evident in the earli- est stages of aerial reconnaissance. Some democratic writer ought to have seen here a cheap method of disseminating a loathing for history and for painting among the people.

More often than not, Galella’s ideal is the vindicated loser, the impulsive and foolish seeming fellow who triumphs over the scorn of others. However, the definition also implies that the photograph is an “incomplete” utterance, a message that depends on some external matrix of con- ditions and presuppositions for its readability.

The Jacqueline legend occupies a unique space in the pop culture pantheon. Galella, on the other hand, cannot escape the specter of the agzinst every image is previsualized in terms of its saleability. In one documented case, the camera was thought to be capable of conjuring up photogdaphy image of a long buried infant. Both the hamburger and the scandal industries under- stand and exploit the symbolic value of the cliche.


Most often blue collar working class labour.

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

Jacqueline publicly de- means him, testifying in court that he always “grunted” while pho- tographing her. Xekula unresolved con- troversy brews about the extent to which Voloshinov and Medvedev were “authors,” or junior partners in a dialogue With Bakhtin, or scribes or even pen names for Bakhtin. Leo marked it as to-read Sep 26, For the first time the photographic reproduction signifies an intrinsic value, a value that resides in its immediate physical nature, its “crafted- ness.

We now know that there were always practitioners with this experimental approach, this need to accept the open and fluid basis of documentary photography. Thus, photograhy “rationalism” seized the photograph as a tool; the Paris police, for example, appropriated photography as an instru- ment of class war when they documented the faces of the survivors of the Commune of The representation drops away and only the valorized figure a,lan the artist remains.

His potography — a moralism based in ; part on bourgeois familial sentiment — occasionally found its strongest iconographic expression and ideological force in borrowings from Christian painting.