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“Police Pictures: The Photograph as Evidence”

Grey Art Gallery

With urban crime declining across the country and former prosecutor Rudy Giuliani running the city with an iron hand, the streets of Gotham appear to be safe again—the fruit, we’re told, of unceasing vigilance. It was therefore an appropriate moment for “Police Pictures: The Photograph as Evidence” to arrive in New York from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where it was organized by curator Sandra S. Phillips. With more than 150 images, it comprised a dense tableau of crime scenes, executions, victims, and every conceivable stripe of “criminal” (from murderers to opium smokers to political agitators and squatters, to ordinary citizens killed in the Khmer Rouge’s Tuol Sleng prison). The diverse formats on view included wanted posters, face books, forensic diagrams, X-rays and infrared scans, security-camera stills, and tabloid pages. Phillips has gathered the material into such

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