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Obituary for photographer and CalArts faculty member Allan Sekula

August 15, 2013
LA Times

Allan Sekula, photographer and CalArts professor, dies at 62

By David Ng

Allan Sekula, a renowned photographer and longtime professor at the California Institute of the Arts whose artistic output centered on the political consequences of maritime commerce and global trade, died in Los Angeles on Saturday.

He was 62 and had been battling advanced cancer, according to CalArts.

He had been on the faculty of CalArts for close to three decades, teaching classes in photography and media.

As a child, Sekula lived in San Pedro and his proximity to one of the the busiest ports in the nation seemed to have greatly affected his work as a photographer. His photography often focused on the shipping industry, ocean travel and commerce. 

A 1996 solo exhibit at the Santa Monica Museum of Art featured Sekula's photographs of famous ports around the world as well as images of the ocean. A Times review called the show "a handsome combination of romance and realism, intimacy and detachment." Read More

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