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The Photo and the Filing Cabinet

by Andrea Alessi
In his seminal 1986 essay “The Body and the Archive”, Allan Sekula argued that photography, bolstered by notions of veracity both for and by its scientific and legal usage, could be an apparatus of power used for social categorization, repression, and criminalization. He demonstrated how in the nineteenth century the photographic archive, an epistemological, systematizing institution, came to designate a “criminal body” constituted as much from police photography as from its juxtaposition with... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 10/4/13
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