Exhibitions & events: Troubled Water

Born 1951 in Erie, Pennsylvania, died 2013 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Renowned photographer, writer, filmmaker, theorist and critic who from 1985 until his death taught at California Institute of the Arts.

His work was concerned with the consequences of the economic changes arising from globalization. It questions the function of documentary photogra­phy in the media, in art and in society. Sekula had a unique, intelligent, and for­mally rigorous perspective toward the tradition of social and critical realism – a photographic lineage that stretches back to Lewis Hine. Often depicting labor within the workplace, he had developed a visual language which describes peo­ple both in their individuality and as contributors to the human condition.