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Diane Dufour
Images of Conviction. The Construction of Visual Evidence

Edited by Diane Dufour

Text by Diane Dufour, Christian Delage, Thomas Keenan, Tomasz Kizny, Luce Lebart, Jennifer L. Mnookin, Anthony Petiteau, Eric Stover, and Eyal Weizman

Design by Xavier Barral, Coline  Aguettaz

Editions Xavier Barral / LE BAL, 2015

First edition

Hardcover

240 pp., 280 b/w illustrations

220 x 285 mm

ISBN 9782365110655

Item #0797

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Photography Catalogue of the Year Award, Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2015

In this meticulously designed catalogue, photography itself is put on the witness stand. Published to accompany an exhibition of the same name that originated at LE BAL, Paris, Images of Conviction is a fascinating historical survey of the ways photography has shaped official versions of truth — from the Shroud of Turin to crime-scene photography of the freshly dead, to video evidence of drone strikes. The design is sedate but never boring, alternating between pale gray and clean white paper.

The images are all reproduced in black and white, with a chilling negative image printed on the cover. “Everything is made so that the catalogue stays neutral, but not cold,” says Julien Frydman, who also praises the diverse, well-edited texts. The volume offers a variety of answers to the question posed by editor Diane Dufour in her introduction — “How does the image take shape in truth-seeking scientific and historical discourse?”— without losing its sense of mystery.

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L´Oeil de la Photographie (An Interview with Diane Dufour)

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