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Humanities 2018, 7(3), 76; https://doi.org/10.3390/h7030076

Traces of Traces: Time, Space, Objects, and the Forensic Turn in Photography

London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, London SE16SB, UK
Received: 7 May 2018 / Revised: 27 June 2018 / Accepted: 15 July 2018 / Published: 27 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pictures and Conflicts since 1945)
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Abstract

Images of atrocity are deeply problematic, in that they potentially create a tension between form and content and are often accused of re-victimization, aesthetization of suffering, compassion fatigue and exploitation. As an alternative, therefore, there is considerable potential in examining images associated with atrocity that do not depict the actual act of violence or the victim itself, but rather depict the material presence of the spaces and objects involved in such acts. The temporality of the photograph is also fluid in this type of approach. This paper considers the work of four photographers (Edmund Clark, Ashley Gilbertson, Shannon Jensen, and Fred Ramos) who have used a “forensic aesthetic” in their practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: photography; documentary; photojournalism; forensics; material turn; forensic turn; time; temporality; ethics; witnessing; things; counter-forensics; chronotype photography; documentary; photojournalism; forensics; material turn; forensic turn; time; temporality; ethics; witnessing; things; counter-forensics; chronotype
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