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Russian Criminal Tattoos: A Lexicon of Crime

September 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am - September 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm


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Russian Criminal Tattoos: A Lexicon of Crime is drawn from a remarkable archive comprising photographs and drawings of Russian criminal tattoos, collected by the graphic design and publishing company FUEL. The elaborate tattoos formed a secret language between prisoners and, were recorded for police use to further the understanding of the language of the markings and act as an aid in the identification and apprehension of criminals in the field.

This exhibition forms part of Photo Oxford, a celebration of photography taking place at various venues in Oxford’s city centre during the month of September (8-24). Photo Oxford has been curated by Tim Clark and Greg Hobson who have brought together a series of exhibitions and related events that explore the complex and often contradictory relationship between photography’s capacity to both conceal and reveal.

An afternoon of talks with Photo Oxford’s curators and artists, including a keynote interview with the photograher Martin Parr, and a discussion with the members of FUEL who collected the Russian Criminal Tattoos archive, will take place on Thursday 7 September at the Weston Library. For more information and booking details see www.photooxford.org

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm


September 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am
September 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
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