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HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND TO THESE PHOTOS ?

This is one of many photographs posted online by the Huntington Beach Police Department. They are from a found collection of “a serial killer’s secret photos” and it is the intent of the Police to hopefully identify individuals with the assistance of the public. The subjects are mostly women and occasionally children both male and female. This appeal by the police department comes at an interesting time of photo-history in which the vernacular photograph is popular. It is hard not to look at these photographs and consider that current trend, and to try and project a cohesive order. Aesthetically many of the photographs are appealing. But as always, it is hard not to look at these photographs and project our own beliefs and values. And given the context, a feeling of uneasiness. See all the photographs here.

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