The significant banality of crime scene photography

HSS Occasional Seminar
Event Speaker: 
Marcus Banks
Event Time: 
04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Event Venue: 
LH 615


Forensic crime scene photography is a prime example of what photographic historian Elizabeth Edwards calls the "no style" style of photography. It attempts to present an objective and unmediated representation of the world, revealing visible evidence that is then of use in court room contexts. In this paper, based on interviews with crime scene photographers and other professional forensic scientists, I argue that British crime scene photography has a particular style and presents a very distinctive view of the world.