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My Daily Pic: I was so happy to see  this and other photos from Allan Sekula’s “Fish Story” in the MoMA show of its latest photographic acquisitions. Sekula’s project, shot between 1988 and 1995, represents the informative, content-focused end of the spectrum of fine-art photography, so it’s great to see it installed in a museum thought of (utterly unfairly) as the home of formalist Modernism. (As in the Bill Brandt show there that’s closing this week.) Funny thing is, I remember that when I first saw Sekula’s images, years ago, they seemed utterly resistant to aesthetic concerns – they were pure documentation of global trade and labor. Now they look like an established, familiar aesthetic. (Museum of Modern Art Vital Projects Fund, Robert B. Menschel; © 2013 Allan Sekula)
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Aug 7, 2013

My Daily Pic: I was so happy to see  this and other photos from Allan Sekula’s “Fish Story” in the MoMA show of its latest photographic acquisitions. Sekula’s project, shot between 1988 and 1995, represents the informative, content-focused end of the spectrum of fine-art photography, so it’s great to see it installed in a museum thought of (utterly unfairly) as the home of formalist Modernism. (As in the Bill Brandt show there that’s closing this week.) Funny thing is, I remember that when I first saw Sekula’s images, years ago, they seemed utterly resistant to aesthetic concerns – they were pure documentation of global trade and labor. Now they look like an established, familiar aesthetic. (Museum of Modern Art Vital Projects Fund, Robert B. Menschel; © 2013 Allan Sekula)


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  12. i-photograph-stuff said: Which is precisely what most people miss in my work I’m sure of it!! Great to see Blake
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