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"Every picture tells a story": picturing judicial biography

Citation: Moran, Leslie (2014) "Every picture tells a story": picturing judicial biography. Legal Information Management . ISSN 1472-6696 (In Press)


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In this article Leslie Moran turns to objects that are often marginal to legal biography and neglected by those engaging in legal biographical projects; pictures. Drawing upon his previous and current work on judicial portraits the article outlines three biographical dimensions of these legal images. The first explores the legal biography potential of what lies within the frame of a judicial portrait. The second focuses upon the biographical dimensions of the process of portrait making. The third draws upon the now well established insight that the meaning of the object, the judicial portrait, is not generated exclusively by, or confined to, what is to be found within the frame of the picture. This provides an opportunity to consider the role of pictures as a method for use by those engaging in legal biographical projects.

Additional Information: This is a pre-print of an article which will be published in a special issue of Legal Information Management in 2014. It has been developed by the author (Professor Leslie J. Moran, School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London) from a paper he gave at “Legal Biography: a national socio-legal training day” at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on Wednesday 15 May 2013. The workshop was jointly organised by the British Library, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Socio-Legal Studies Association
Creators: Moran, Leslie and
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Subjects: Law
Keywords: judicial portraits, biography and aesthetics, biographical sources, biographical methods, law and humanities, lawyers, legal biography, legal profession, legal scholarship
Divisions: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Collections: Legal Biography
  • March 2014 (published)


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