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Assemblée nationale

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A spot of blood on the floor is a classical image. Still, it remains difficult to access because of the closed circulation of the forensic photography which goes from the crime scene to the courtroom. This kind of use which appeared as soon as the origin of the medium (Alphonse Bertillon, 1853-1914) has evolved with a methodology continuously seeking to protect its credibility. Taking the basement corridors to go to the archives of Quebec’s Courthouse, I gained access to the court exhibits among which there were police photographs. Numbered and bound these photographs were available for consultation and might be photocopied. When the cases have been judged, its evidences enter in the public domain.
We recognize the place immediately: the Quebec’s National Assembly. But the angle differs from the usual point of view used in television broadcasting of debates. Here, through the eye of a police officer, we track the tragedy; by collecting the traces left by a man who decided to end politics, this 8th of May, 1984.

Assemblée nationale, black and white newspaper, 12 pages, 32 cm x 36 cm, 1,000 free copies
Images from the archives of Quebec City’s Courthouse