On the senses and semantic excess in photographic evidence

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Abstract

It is widely accepted that forensic procedures are meant to bring precise interpretation to puzzling scenes and parcels of evidence. Forensic activity is a cool, slow and deliberate process of making meaning. But what of the feelings that also suffuse the scenes and the evidence? Does the force of affect linger in or around forensic materials? Can these feelings be evoked so they can be assayed to produce a particular kind of knowledge, even as they pulse and pass? How can investigators pay proper attention to the feelings that often elude or bamboozle conventional semiotic and semantic procedures? To address these questions, this article considers a specific archive of crime-scene photographs
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-257
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Material Culture
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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