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    Documentary is thought to be art when it transcends its reference to the world, when the work can be regarded, first and foremost, as an act of self-expression on the part of the artist.
    — Allan Sekula
    tags: work  world  thoughts  artist 
     
    Documentary photography has amassed mountains of evidence. And yet... the genre has simultaneously contributed much to spectacle, to retinal excitation, to voyeurism, to terror, envy and nostalgia, and only a little to the critical understanding of the social world.
    — Allan Sekula
    The making of a human likeness on film is a political act.
    — Allan Sekula
    tags: human  film  political 
     
    The only objective truth that photographs offer is the assertion that somebody or something... was somewhere and took a picture.
    — Allan Sekula
    tags: truth 
     
    Photography promises an enhanced mastery of nature, but photography also threatens conflagration and anarchy.
    — Allan Sekula
    Black-and-white photos tell the truth. That's why insurance companies use them.
    — Allan Sekula
    tags: truth  photo  company 
     
    The photograph is an incomplete utterance, a message that depends on some external matrix of conditions and presuppositions for its readability.
    — Allan Sekula
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