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Police pictures : the photograph as evidence

Author: Sandra S Phillips; Mark Haworth-Booth; Carol Squiers; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.; Grey Art Gallery & Study Center.
Publisher: San Francisco : San Francisco Museum of Modern Art : Chronicle Books, ©1997.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibitions
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Phillips, Sandra S., 1945-
Police pictures.
San Francisco : San Francisco Museum of Modern Art : Chronicle Books, ©1997
(OCoLC)653388630
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sandra S Phillips; Mark Haworth-Booth; Carol Squiers; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.; Grey Art Gallery & Study Center.
ISBN: 0811819841 9780811819848 0918471427 9780918471420
OCLC Number: 36824734
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Oct. 17, 1997-Jan. 20, 1998, and at the Grey Art Gallery and Study Center at New York University, May 19-July 18, 1998.
Description: 132 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: Identifying the criminal / Sandra S. Phillips --
"A camera eye as rare as a pink zebra" / Mark Haworth-Booth --
"And so the moving trigger finger writes" : dead gangsters and New York taboids in the 1930s / Carol Squiers.
Responsibility: Sandra S. Phillips, Mark Haworth-Booth, Carol Squiers.

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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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