The Image as Question

Ahead of The Image as Question at Michael Hoppen Gallery, the gallerist himself talks us through a selection of images from the exhibition. In the days leading up to the opening on the 28th of September, we’ll hear about one piece and why it made the final show. 

New York crime scene, 1946 - Mack. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery.

This seemingly innocuous interior belies the violence and tragedy that has occurred within its walls. The camera and photographer alike are employed to provide clear evidence of many things such as the position of the body, the entrance and exit routes and any other salient evidence. The exercise was not to create beautiful and traditionally composed photographs but rather provide the visual evidence needed to solve the crime.

We have a large collection of these sometimes horrific murder scenes. There is something very cinematic about this particular image. We have the reverse shot too which is tough. This is an important role that photography plays and still does. Forensics is important in the solving of crime and the photographer’s job is to make sure the references - sometimes used many years later, are still clear and relevant.

— Michael Hoppen