A Legal and Ethical History of Photography.
Edited by Daniel Girardin, Christian Pirker.
Actes Sud, 2012. 310 pp., illustrated throughout, 8½x11".
Since its invention in 1839, photography has often been at the center of important ethical debates and sensational trials, and photographers have frequently had to undergo censorship or manipulation of their work (sometimes with important repercussions for their reputations). This volume brings together a wide range of images, from the early days of photography to the present, that have been the focus of controversy or of legal proceedings. Some of these pictures are well known; others are published here for the first time. Controversies permits us a better understanding of how a society or culture perceives itself, enabling us to consider contemporary debates with a more critical eye. The book features works by Michael Light, Oliviero Toscani, Gary Gross, Frank Fournier, Andres Serrano, Annelies Strba, Marc Garanger, Man Ray and Lewis Carroll, among others.