Police Pictures: The Photograph as Evidence

Police Pictures: The Photograph as Evidence

by Sandra S. Phillips, Mark Haworth-Booth, Carol Squiers, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Staff
     
 

The mug shot, the scene of the crime, photographic evidence - all of these are predicated on the belief that the photograph shows the truth, unvarnished and indisputable. But does it? In a remarkable survey of over 120 images from public and private sources, Police Pictures questions the conjunction of photography and enforcement and challenges the ability of image to…  See more details below

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The mug shot, the scene of the crime, photographic evidence - all of these are predicated on the belief that the photograph shows the truth, unvarnished and indisputable. But does it? In a remarkable survey of over 120 images from public and private sources, Police Pictures questions the conjunction of photography and enforcement and challenges the ability of image to represent the truth. From haunting photographs of the Lincoln conspirators to Weegee's sordid murder victims and the prisoner portraits taken by the Khmer Rouge, Police Pictures explores the policing function of photography - and the controversial manipulations of images by and for the forces of authority - in a catalogue of the power of the law and the lens.

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ISBN-13:
9780918471420
Publisher:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Publication date:
10/28/1997

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