Law, Judges and Visual Culture analyses how pictures have been used to make, manage and circulate ideas about the judiciary through a variety of media from the sixteenth century to the present.
This book offers a new approach to thinking about and making sense of the important social institution that is the judiciary. In an age in which visual images and celebrity play key roles in the way we produce, communicate and consume ideas about society and its key institutions, this book provides the first in-depth study of visual images of judges in these contexts. It not only examines what appears within the frame of these images; it also explores the impact technologies and the media industries that produce them have upon the way we engage with them, and the experiences and meanings they generate. Drawing upon a wide range of scholarship – including art history, film and television studies, and social and cultural studies, as well as law – and interviews with a variety of practitioners, painters, photographers, television script writers and producers, as well as court communication staff and judges, the book generates new and unique insights into making, managing and viewing pictures of judges.
Original and insightful, Law, Judges and Visual Culture will appeal to scholars, postgraduates and undergraduates from a variety of disciplines that hold an interest in the role of visual culture in the production of social justice and its institutions.
Table of Contents
1. Judging Pictures 2. Painted Portraits 3. Hanging Judicial Heads 4. Judges Through the Lens; Carte de Visite Portraits 5. The Judge, the Album and the Imagined Community 6. Cameras in Court 1: Judge John Deed 7. Small Screen Judges 1: Judge John Deed 8. Cameras in Court 2: UK Supreme Court 9. Small Screen Judges 2: Judgment Summary Videos 10. Strictly Judge Rinder: Judicial Visibility and the Industrial Production of Judicial Attention Capital 11. Afterword on Judicial Pictures
Leslie J Moran is Emeritus Professor in the School of Law, Birkbeck College University of London. He has an international reputation for his research and scholarship in various areas, including identity politics and law, hate crime, and law and visual culture. His publications include the monographs The (Homo)sexuality of Law (1996) and Sexuality and the Politics of Violence and Safety, with Beverly Skeggs, Paul Tyrer and Karen Corteen (2004), and a number of edited collections including Legal Queeries (1998) with Daniel Monk and Sarah Beresford; Law’s Moving Image (2004) with Emma Sandon, Elena Loizidou and Ian Christie; and Judicial Images (2018), published as a special edition of International Journal of Law in Context.