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Crime Scenes (How to become a forensic photographer)

  • France
  • 2018
  • fr
  • English
  • 23'

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.

Crime Scenes (How to become a forensic photographer)
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Synopsis

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

I didn't say a word. It was the photo!

Film chapters

summary00:00 Photography and crime

summary07:40 Photographing evidence

summary13:47 Preserving the crime scene

summary19:00 Reconstructing the scene

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DSLR camera • Tripod • Flash • Real and virtual markers • Full body suit • Bluestar

• 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

• SCENE OF THE CRIME : PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE LAPD ARCHIVE - author: Tim B. Wride ; 2004 ; Harry N. Abrams 

• 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