This session reveals something about the way in which the British state has used and continues to use photography to protect its interests.
Sara Jayne Parsons “Desert Visions: Gertrude Bell and the framing of Colonial Iraq.” Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) was a British diplomat, archaeologist, linguist, photographer, and, some might say, spy. She was instrumental in the political and cartographic formation of modern-day Iraq. Sara will give a brief introduction to Bell’s photographic work and the problems it presents as part of the visual framing of Iraq by colonial interests.
Gary Austin formerly worked for the armed forces supplying the UK intelligence services and is now a photographer investigating surveillance and privacy. He will outline some of the ways in which the intelligence services use photography.
David Hoffman talks about How the Met police Forward Intelligence Team has morphed from photographing football hooligans into a secretive unit running its own hidden database and with its own political agenda.
Chair: Paul Lowe
13th–15th May 2011