Week 3. Photographic Ethnographies

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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Portland 2.3

Morning Session: 10.00-12.00

Afternoon Session: 13.00-15.00

Marginalised Bodies: Criminals and Other "Social Deviants" in Photography

In this session we will look into some photographic practices of the nineteenth century that utilised the photographic apparatus for the construction of identities as well as to classify, organise and literally identify social types. We will analyse how knowledge was produced in the dialogue between legislative and creative professionals, as well as how it was mediated by photographic representations. Central to this session are depictions of social types that were thought to deviate from the social order, in particular, the criminal.

Reading Required

Allan Sekula, ‘The Body and the Archive’, October 39, Winter, 1986, pp. 3-64. This is available via JSTOR (you may need to log in using the JSTOR Home Page "Login via an institution" option if you access the document off site.): http://www.jstor.org/stable/778312

John Tagg, "Evidence, Truth and Order: A Means of Surveillance." In Jessica Evans and Stuart Hall [eds].Visual Culture: The Reader. London: SAGE Publications/Open University, 1999, pp. 244-73.

This TED Talk may also exemplify, at least to some degree, some of the issues involved in the process of photographic identification, in particular from 11.30mins into the talk [1]

Feedback ( )

The feedback is due by the Monday after the session is offered.

This material should be provided as a short response to the following three questions:

1. In one sentence for each, please note two or three main ideas from this session.


2. What concept(s) need more reinforcement?


3. What two or three aspects of this session did the group like/dislike and why?


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