Alex W. – Allan Sekula “Fish Story”


Allan Sekula (1951-2013) is an American photographer, writer, and filmmaker. Most of his work explored capitalism, global economy, and wealth indifference. Sekula’s seven-part photographic work,  is made up of seven chapters, 150 color photographs, and twenty six text panels.

The first chapter that is showing at MOMA shows the important role of the ocean in the modern global economy. Sekula takes images from the world’s port cities, the pictures are a mix of moments in that are depict unemployment and destruction in the old industrial powers, the pursuit of cheap labor, and the work of seafaring.

The picture above to me is breath taking. It’s power and insightful with simplicity. One contrast that I really like is how the seafare industry is so big, but in the picture the cargo ship is all alone with nothing but sky and water in the distance. It’s as if cargo ship is invisible to the world even though it connects the world together. I personally haven’t put thought into how the global is connect and this project has made me think a lot about the world and how big it is. I also thought the endless horizon could be a metaphor for how the seafare industry is endless or even limitless. I can never rape my head around limitlessness. It’s hard to conceptualize something that’s endless with no boundries, and I really like that. My brain works really hard to understand, even though most times I don’t come to a good conclusion and that’s intriguing; A quality many good photos have. In my personal work I like to shoot something that has a lot meaning. Sekula does just that and that’s why it was my favorite.




Provide Ruins IV (Isabel Conesa)

Thomas Hirschhorn
Provide Ruins IV

First of all, I chose this art work because it was appealing to my eyes since I first saw it. I feel like it can have a lot of meanings and that it’s a simple piece but creative. And since we live in a world where social media surrounds us and is constantly developing, I think it is a very good idea to express the risks and vulnerability of advertisements and commerce. Thomas Hirschhorn is known for the everyday material he uses in his works like cardboard, cellophane, and duct tape. In my opinion, his method of engaging with society with collages and combining images is original and creative.

This art work shows a collage of images taken from newspapers or magazines of war-torn buildings and victims of war with the faces of fashion models, all overlaid with blue ink that pretends to be tears or blood. The work’s title, Provide Ruins, mimics the names the military and the media bestowed on war operations, such as Desert Shield and Restore Hope.


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Richard Zhuang

Hello hello!

My name is Richard Zhuang, as you’ve seen on the title. I’m a totally awkward person, but I’d like to think that I am also an approachable person! I absolutely LOVE making new friends, but I’m too intimidated to go out to talk to new people sometimes… 😛
I’m a completely laid back kind of person, I rarely worry over things (for instance I think I may have lost my passport at this very moment, but idk not too worried lul it’ll probably show up somewhere), and I LOVE having fun with people and just chilling with them. I play a LOT of video games, like Super Smash Brothers Melee, League of Legends, and CS:GO.  I love a lot of things. Like. A lot. I HAVE TO MAKE A LIST OF THINGS THAT I LOVE:

SHAWARMA (god i love shawarma)

So yeah I hope we’ll all become good friends and come talk to me and stuff looool i’m totally open to talking to people haha 😛