Allan Sekula was an American artist, whose work spanned multiple media: long-form photographic series, critical texts, and film. In 1984, Sekula's Photography Against the Grain was published by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. The book was long out of print until now!
MACK has published this new version of this seminal collection of essays and photographs by the prolific artist, theorist, and filmmaker. In these essays and images, Sekula sought to portray the inextricable bond between labor and material culture, drawing deeply on Marxist theory to argue passionately for a collective model of progress. Sekula taught at California Institute of Arts (CalArts) from 1985 until his death in 2013, and from that insider's position he critiqued photography and the circumstances of its production and consumption, exposing what the medium failed to represent – women, laborers, minorities and the institutional structures that reinforce cultural biases.
Softcover, Perfect Bound, 250 pages, 8.5 inches x 10.9 inches, 70,000 Words, MACK 2016.