Fish Story (2002)
Allan Sekula is an artist and activist who grew up in San Pedro, Los Angeles, a port town reliant on the trade from the Pacific Ocean. Here, Sekula observed vast transformations of coastal life impacted by the surmounting effects of globalization. [Trade routes throughout the oceans were the first forms of global commerce that compressed public perceptions of time and space.] In Fish Story, Sekula uses images of seaports to visually narrate the effects of globalization, highlighting an overlooked workforce central to the modern production and disbursement of goods.
Essay by Lake Buckley '13 and Lily Ditchrich '13