Dismal Science: Photo Works 1972-1996
University Galleries of Illinois State University
English, softcover, 264 pages, 21 x 28 cm
Edited by Barry Blinderman, Ron Mottram, Sherri Schottlaender, and Jason Swartz
Texts by Allan Sekula; with an interview between Debra Risberg, and Allan Sekula
Designed by Peter Bushell, Bill Conger, Debra Risberg, and Allan Sekula
Dismal Science is the definitive edition of seven acclaimed photographic projects made by Allan Sekula over the last 24 years, and also includes a number of critical essays by Sekula on contemporary photography. His hybrid works, incorporating photographic sequences, slide projections, texts, and audio recordings, question the conventions of documentary photography, while tracing strange linkages between everyday life and the global economic system. Dismal Science is published in conjunction with an exhibition organized by the University Galleries of Illinois State University that travelled to eight venues between 1996-1998 including the Netherlands foto institute, Rotterdam, and the John Curtin Gallery, Perth, Australia. Dismal Science: Photo Works 1972-1996 was shown at Kunstverein München in 1998.