Police Pictures: The Photograph as Evidence

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1997 - Art - 132 pages
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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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Contents

LENDERS TO THE EXHIBITION
6
IDENTIFYING THE CRIMINAL
29
AND SO THE MOVING TRIGGER FINGER WRITES
41
Copyright

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Sandra Phillips lives in LaHabra Heights, CA. She is a TV personality and expert home economist with eight children. She owns InHome Vations-a maintenance-free design building company.

Mark Haworth-Booth is Honorary Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum and a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art.

Squiers is an art critic.

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