Allan Sekula was born in 1951 in Erie, United States, and died in Los Angeles, United States, in 2013. He settled in Los Angeles after completing his art degree at the University of California, San Diego. He worked not only as a photographer, but also as a filmmaker, theorist, and critic, and taught at the California Institute of the Arts from 1985 until the end of his life. Allan Sekula’s oeuvre, which includes texts and photographic series and projects, such as his book Photography against the Grain: Essays and Photo Works 1973–1983, ranks as one of the most influential expressions of social critique in contemporary photography. His work has been shown in numerous international exhibitions, including documenta 11 and 12. His works were presented at the Venice Biennale in 2013.
His work was included in the exhibition 'Dancing with Myself' (2018) at Punta della Dogana.