Establishing critical conceptual and pragmatic principles for photointerpretation methodologies when applied as forensic evidence

Ebeyan, Robert (2017) Establishing critical conceptual and pragmatic principles for photointerpretation methodologies when applied as forensic evidence. PhD thesis, James Cook University.

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Abstract

The omnipresence of images within contemporary society has impacted on how visual evidence is perceived and presented within the criminal justice system. Currently there are no universally recognised methodological principles or practices established that allow robust and reliable forensic evaluation of images. The objective of this research was to elucidate critical conceptual and pragmatic principles for the development of a methodological framework aimed to support the forensic photointerpretation of photographic evidence. Using a mixed method research design, this project explored three methodological approaches, namely criteria, comparative and reconstructive based photointerpretation methods. Case studies, literary reflection, experimentation and evidence-based discussion were employed to unpack and investigate nuanced and complex concepts, values and principles required for consideration when using photographs as sources of evidence. Six key principles were derived from the values elucidated in response to each investigated approach. These principles consisted of methodology; objectivity; suitability; verifiability; specialised knowledge and error. The model developed by this research promotes transparency and clarity towards the process of photographic interpretation as forensic evidence presented within the criminal justice system.

Item ID: 51754
Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: assessment criteria, criminal justice system, digital imaging, forensic photography, forensic science, photographic evidence, photographic reproduction, photointerpretation, second-generation images
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Porter, Glenn, and Ebeyan, Robert (2015) Detection of second-generation images using an assessment criteria method. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy & Practice, 1 (4). pp. 207-222.

Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2017 23:10
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1901 Art Theory and Criticism > 190104 Visual Cultures @ 50%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190503 Lens-based Practice @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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