Allan Sekula (American, 1951–2013) was a noted photographer, filmmaker, writer, and theorist. Born in Pennsylvania and raised in San Pedro, CA, Sekula began staging performances and creating installations in the early 1970s. Heavily influenced by the ports of San Pedro, Sekula’s works often focused on the shipping industry and ocean travel. Beginning with his work Aereospace Folktales, created in 1973, he started mixing his photos with long texts, a format for which he would become particularly well known. In addition, he collaborated with film theorist Noel Burch on projects such as The Regan Tapes and The Forgotten Space, both of which investigated the politics of globalized capitalism.
Sekula received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Getty Research Institute, the Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), and the Atelier Calder. He was also featured at the 2014 Whitney Biennial. In addition to his work as an artist, Sekula served on the faculty of the Photography and Media Program at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA.
Sekula died of cancer at the age of 62.