The Body and the Archive*. ALLAN SEKULA. there must be arranged a comprehensive system of exchanges, so that there might grow up something. pretation promised a vast taxonomic ordering of images of the body. This was an archival promise. Its realization would seem to be grounded primarily in the. Transcript. Allan Sekula: The Body and the Archive. ” photography is not the harbinger of modernity, for the world is already modernizing.

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Allan Sekula “The Body and the Archive” (1986)

Historical in approach, there is a political flavour from the beginning. The use of photography by the police has been significant and impacted upon society yet this is largely unrecognised.

It was aimed not only to make a recognisable record of criminals but also to try and determine what the criminal type might be. The sciences of phrenology and physiognomy used photography in an attempt to further their claims and develop their research. Hence, the work of two leading figures in this field is considered, the Frenchman Arrchive Bertillon and the Englishman Francis Galton.

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Both had different approaches to the task of classifying people and trying to determine typologies.

Seeing a photograph on front of The Times newspaper that is used to draw attention to an article on Jewish women, I see not merely the look of the woman whom I am asked to consider as Jewish but the artificiality of the context, the idea that there is such a thing as a typical Jewish woman.

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