I was featured on a BBC program titled, “The Tichborne Claimant: The Five Photographs that (You Didn’t Know) Changed Everything” in which I discussed how a seemingly mundane photograph can have a lasting and powerful historical impact. I told the story of one such photograph taken in 1865 that changed the life of the man it showed, and set in motion the longest and most expensive trial in British history up to that time. It also stimulated a national debate over the role of photography as evidence in a court of law.


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Jennifer Tucker is a historian who studies the interrelations of art and science, photography, and mass visual culture, with a specialization in 19th to mid-20th century British, U.S., and trans-Pacific history. The common threads in her diverse research fields are the dynamics of visual media in modern history, the nature of evidence, public perceptions and practices of history, and the interrelationships of science, technology, and the law.

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