Allan Sekula obituary by Phil Steinberg
August 19, 2013 3 Comments
Back in April, Phil Steinberg wrote a long review of Allan Sekula and Noël Burch’s 2010 film The Forgotten Space for this site. Sadly, Allan Sekula has now died, and Phil has written an obituary on his own website which you can read here. It is a powerful and moving tribute that explains why Sekula’s work should be watched, and read, by those interested in the intersections of society and space. As well as the review of the film by Phil on this site, there was also a review in Antipode by Brett Story, and he was discussed a little by other geographers, as Phil’s obituary notes.
Practicing what he preached, Allan was as accomplished an essayist as he was a photographer and filmmaker, and his works achieved their greatness through the creation of complementarities and frictions between text and image. In Allan’s works, text and image each elaborate on and critique the other, leading the viewer/reader to reach new levels of critical analysis and political awareness.