Modern forensic : the trace culture

Meeting with Luce Lebart and Pierre Margot
Thursday June 18, 2015 - 7 PM

Rodolphe A. Reiss, Fingerprints found on oilcloth, Jost Grand-Chêne case, Lausanne, 25 November 1915.Grand-Chêne, Lausanne, Vaud. Collection de l’Institut de police scientifique de l’Université de Lausane

R. A. Reiss, coll. IPSC

Forensic science and technical police pioneer, Rodolphe Archibald Reiss (1875-1929) defines in the beginning of the XXth century a method and investigation process in which photography is considered like essential.

During the evening, Luce Lebart revisits the founding principles of the modern forensic as they were conceived by Reiss where photography presents itself as a scientific alternative to testimonies. By defending a certain trace culture, Pierre Margot, professor emeritus in forensic science will discuss about some enquiries he did during his career in which image had a leading importance.


Pierre Margot a dirigé de 1986 à 2015 l’Institut de police scientifique et de criminologie de l’Université de Lausanne

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Historian of photography and recently director of the Canadian Photography Institute in Ottawa.

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