Mel Gibson mug shot, Lost Hills, Calif., Sheriff’s Department. Substitute imagery has the quality of serving as evidence in some cases.
“In cases where the appearance of something needed to be preserved for one reason or another, art made pictures that could be substituted for the actual thing.”
- The police mug shot is take for future identification.
- Lighting, pose, props, costume are all irrelevant to the purpose of the picture.
- The mug shot, exploiting the photograph as an indexical sign form, serves as evidence in the legal system.