Photographs are used as documents, records and evidence every day in courtrooms and hospitals, on passports and driving licences. But how did photographs come to be established and accepted, what sort of agencies and institutions have the power to enforce this status and, more generally, what concept of photographic representation is entailed and what are its consequences? In addressing such issues, John Tagg traces a previously unexamined history which has profound implications not only for the theory and practice of conventionally separated areas of amateur, professional, technical, documentary and art photography, but also for the understanding of the role of photography in processes of modern social regulation.
A democracy of the image; photographic portraiture and commodity production; evidence, truth and order; photographic records and the growth of the state; a means of surveillance; the photograph as evidence in law; a legal reality - a photograph as property in law; God's sanitary law - slum clearance and photography in late 19th century Leeds; the currency of the photograph - new deal reformism and documentary rhetoric; contacts, worksheets - notes on photography; history and representation.
Series: Communications and Culture
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 29th July 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 12