Photographic Evidence

In order to be admitted as evidence in an American trial, a photograph must be:

Photographs have been used in American trials with frequency since the 1880s. In the nineteenth century, stereoscopic images were also sometimes used as evidence.

Today, in addition to the photograph, videotapes and even computer simulations and animations are used in trials.

What is our attraction to mechanical objectivity? In what do we have faith, the camera or the eye?

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