Monthly Archives: December 2015

Exhibition Review – Burden of Proof: The Construction of Visual Evidence by Benjamin Tree

Marfa Ilinitchna Riazantseva, 1937
Marfa Ilinitchna Riazantseva, 1937

Marfa Ilinitchna Riazantseva, 1937. Courtesy of The Photographers’ Gallery

Photographs fortify evidence. They record, reveal, reproduce and validate information that can be shaped into persuasive inventories for prosecution. As a pervasive visual media, photographs have long corroborated evidence, from Eadweard Muybridge’s demonstrations of motion (1872), to their implementation in practices of criminal identification and surveillance. The Burden of Proof: The Construction of Visual Evidence exhibition, currently on display at the Photographers’ Gallery, presents eleven such inventories of criminality and violence, tracing the application of photographic evidence from the early twentieth century to the current era of virtual, multi-medial and multitudinal photographic use. Continue reading