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    The scene of the crime: police photographs, visual culture and sexuality

    Janes, Dominic (2015) The scene of the crime: police photographs, visual culture and sexuality. Legal Information Management 15 (01), pp. 15-18. ISSN 1472-6696.

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    Visual materials are often neglected by legal researchers. However, as Dominic Janes explains, attitudes to appearances played an important role in the way in which many criminal investigations were undertaken, notably in the years prior to the Sexual Offences Act (1967). Analysis of aspects of visual culture played a role in the detection of many forms of illegal behaviour and the resulting materials provide a valuable resource for the contemporary researcher. These issues are explored through a case study that involves reading between a painting by the British expressionist Francis Bacon (1909–92) and a photograph in the National Archives taken during a police raid on a London flat in 1927.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): art, law, evidence, homosexuality, police, visual culture
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2015 12:23
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:18


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