The pain of others: photographs, the prison and suffering

Tennant, M. (2018) The pain of others: photographs, the prison and suffering. In: Prison Photography Reframed: Object and Method, 11 May 2018, Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery, Nottingham.

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This paper explores the use of mugshots in prison museums and considers this from an ethical perspective. Drawing on work by authors such as Susan Sontag, John Tagg and Erving Goffman it argues that mugshots are images of suffering but they fail to recognised as such. Our failure to view these images in that way is reflective of wider failings to recognise the harm and suffering of incarceration.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prison heritage; photography; imprisonment; critical criminology; Susan Sontag
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV8301 Penology. Prisons. Corrections
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing
Depositing User: Maryse Tennant
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 10:01
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2018 10:01

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