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Images of Conviction

Images of Conviction

The Construction of visual Evidence
€45.00
ISBN: 9782365110839
Sizes: 22 x 28,5 cm
Pages: 240 | English edition
Cover: hardcover
Publisher: Editions Xavier Barral | 2015
Expo: Le Bal, Paris (4.06.2015 - 30.08.2015) | The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2.10.2015 - 10.01.2016) | Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (22.05.2016 - 28.08.2016)

Images of conviction examines the way experts, researchers and historians produce images as evidence in instances of crimes or acts of violence suffered by individuals or groups. Each of these eleven case studies spanning the period from the invention of ‘metric’ photography of crime scenes in the nineteenth century to the reconstruction of a drone attack in Pakistan in 2012, offers an ‘archaeological’ analysis of the historical and geopolitical context in which the images appeared, as well as their purpose, the way they were produced and the specific framework of their reception.
The nature and the gravity of the facts described mean that no fallacious comparison must be allowed to simplify or reduce the ambit of such images. Coming not long after the invention of the medium, everyday use of photographs in the courtroom made the image’s power as truth an essential tool of conviction in the service of justice. This power as truth has been ardently debated, sometimes legitimately contested and often contradicted. How can the traces, signs and symptoms of a criminal act be discovered, understood and validated by an image? How do the systems devised by experts for capturing and presenting images enhance the image’s evidentiary character? How does the image take shape in truth-seeking scientific and historical discourse?
Conceived by Diane Dufour, with Luce Lebart, Christian Delage and Eyal Weizman, with the contribution of Jennifer L. Mnookin, Anthony Petiteau, Tomasz Kizny, Thomas Keenan and Eric Stover
1903 / Alphonse Bertillon Metric Photography Of Crime Scenes
1903 / Rodolphe A. Reiss Traces, Marks, Prints: Revealing Details Invisible To The Naked Eye
1902-39 / The Man of the Shroud The 'First Crime Photograph'
1914 / War Seen From Above Before and after Bombing
1937-38 / The Great Terror in the USSR Portraits of the Victims of a State Crime
1945 / The Nuremberg Trials Confronting the Nazis with the Images of their Crimes
1985 / Mengele's Skull 'The Trial of the Bones'
1992 / The Destruction of Koreme, Raqi Kurdistan Mapping Mass’ Graves
2009 / The Gaza Book of Destruction 'A Verification of Building-Destruction Resulting from Attacks by the Israeli Occupation
2013 / A Drone Strike in Miranshah Investigating Video-Testimony
1945-2014 / Bedouin Land Claims in the Negev Desert History at the Threshold of Detectability