Crime Scenes (How to become a forensic photographer)
In the half-light of a basement, Quai des Orfèvres, is a reconstructed crime scene. Aurore, in her protective suit, snaps away; she is training. Yves and Thierry, her instructors, have been with "the firm" for ages, they know the job inside-out. Photographing a crime scene requires technique, a particular angle for evidence, a certain approach to space. A little-known profession, but one essential to justice: forensic photographer.
What you will learn in this film…
A singular apprenticeship in photography • The image at the service of the investigation • How to photograph evidence • Placing evidence markers • An inventory album • How to approach a lifeless body • Long pose with handheld flash technique • The testimony of passionate forensic photographers • An approach to space from the general to the specific • The importance of telling stories
00:00 Photography and crime
07:40 Photographing evidence
13:47 Preserving the crime scene
19:00 Reconstructing the scene
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• IMAGES OF CONVICTION, THE CONSTRUCTION OF VISUAL EVIDENCE - collective work ; 2015 ; Xavier Barral Editions
• ALPHONSE BERTILLON’S INSTRUCTIONS FOR TAKING DESCRIPTIONS FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF CRIMINALS AND OTHERS - author: Alphonse Bertillon ; translator: Gallus Muller ; 1889 ; Kessinger Publishing
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• WEEGEE: MURDER IS MY BUSINESS - artist: Weegee ; author: Brian Wallis ; 2013 ; Prestel
• WEEGEE PHOTO POCHE #21 - author: André Laude ; 1990 ; Centre National de la Photographie ; french
DSLR camera • Tripod • Flash • Real and virtual markers • Full body suit • Bluestar