Images of conviction, the construction of visual evidence

Collectif : Diane Dufour ; Christian Delage,Luce Lebart, Thomas Keenan, Tomasz Kizny, Jennifer L. Mnookin, Anthony Petiteau, Eric Stover, Eyal Weizman.

  • "1903: Alphonse Bertillon : metric photography of crime scenes" / Luce Lebart
  • "1903: Rodolphe A. Reiss : traces, marks, prints : revealing details invisible to the naked eye" / Luce Lebart
  • "1902-39: The man of the shroud : the 'first crime photograph'" / Luce Lebart


"Images of Conviction shows, through 11 cases, how the photographic image is constructed to become evidence.
From the scientific methods developed by Alphonse Bertillon, a criminologist who worked for the Préfecture de Police de Paris in the late 19th century, to the first aerial images of the front taken by the army during World War I, to the shots allowing the victims of Stalin's Great Purge to be identified--for over 150 years photography has served as proof, testifying to crime and thus seeming to deliver truths.
In the 11 cases presented here, each one situated within its historical and political context, the question of the status of images is acutely posed. Whether it be the famous shots of the Shroud of Turin, the images of the Nuremberg trial, the skull of Josef Mengele or photos taken with cell phones recording the damage of drone strikes in Afghanistan and Israel, forensic images are now part of any police or political investigation."
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Editions Xavier Barral; Prima edizione (First Edition) edition (August 25, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 2365110835
ISBN-13: 978-2365110839