Allan Sekula is a renowned photographer, theorist, historian of photography, and writer. His work is concerned with the consequences of the economic changes arising from globalization and questions the function of documentary photography in the media, in art, and in society. Sekula has a unique, intelligent, and formally rigorous perspective toward the tradition of social or critical realism, a photographic lineage that stretches back to Lewis Hine. Often depicting labor within the workplace, he has developed a visual language, which describes people both in their individuality and in a more human condition.
His film, The Forgotten Space, has screened at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, and Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid. Sekula participated in the 29th Biennial de São Paulo, documenta 11, 12 and 14, and staged a major retrospective, Performance Under Working Conditions, for the Generali Foundation in Vienna. His work is in the collections of such institutions as J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Tate, London, UK; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; among others.