Volume 10, Issue 1 (2005) The Trouble With Pictures
The trouble with pictures contributes to an emerging field that explores the myriad of relationships between law and visual culture. The last decade or so has seen the consolidation of ‘visual culture’ into a recognised field of interdisciplinary — even postdisciplinary — study, its permeable borders now enclosing law. When Douzinas and Nead published their collection Law and the Image they characterised what has been the traditional relationship of law and art in two analytically distinct ways: ‘law’s art, the ways in which political and legal systems have shaped, used and regulated images and art, and art’s law, the representation of law, justice and other legal themes in art’ (Douzinas & Nead 1999: 11). By taking as our theme the trouble with pictures, we have sought to include pieces that acknowledge these more conventional confrontations between image and law, but which also challenge the sometimes artificial separations between law and the visual.
Katherine Biber and Mehera San Roque - Special Editors