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Warned off (the dogs): Institutional power & surveillance

Campbell, Jim

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Abstract

This essay is the study of a series of photographs of people that between 1946 and 1963 were deemed to be suspicious and in many cases ‘warned off’ greyhound-racing tracks in the UK. They are, as far as we know, snapshots and police mug shots assembled into an album by the security department of the Greyhound Racing Association in order to identify criminals. This text examines how a collection of photographs creates a power relationship between authority and the individual. We now read the individual through the archive with imaginative flexibility rather than a strictly indexical or evidential gaze.

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Campbell, J. Warned off (the dogs): Institutional power & surveillance

Journal Article Type Article
Conference Name Framing Time and Place: Repeats and Returns in Photography
Start Date Apr 16, 2009
End Date Apr 16, 2009
Publicly Available Date
Journal Draft
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume Issue
Keywords greyhound racing, criminal, album
Publisher URL http://www.amcbooks.com/blog/