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C.S.I. (The Real Deal) at IAI Providence 2013

Just back from Providence, RI, and the annual conference of the IAI (International Association for Identification). We were there in partnership with the Forensic Division of our friends at Adorama Camera (who knew they had a forensic department?), and it was a very interesting couple of days…

Wheel of Death!

Hundreds of detectives, crime scene analysts, lab specialists… all advancing their skills in classes and seminars and getting to look at and play with the full range of tools dedicated to “whodunit?”. Adorama’s Caroleann Fusco has been working with every aspect of the forensic community for a very long time and it seems like she is on a first-name basis with every investigator there (probably ensuring a lifetime of absolute immunity from any charge short of homicide).

Bullet hole examination kit

I’ve always felt that our products have a wide range of applications beyond the usual range of photographic assignments, and forensics is a prime example. The Rosco LitePad and LitePad Loop, Dedolight, even our Flexfill reflectors, Dewitt’s Brush, and Steadybag are some of the Visual Departures tools that we want to see in the hands of investigators. And with Caroleann’s introductions, it was easy to do.

LitePad fingerprint detection setup at IAI 2013

LitePad, with its diffuse LED lighting, absence of heat, range of sizes, and the capability of being powered by battery (as well as plugging into the wall) drew the most notice. It’s always interesting (and satisfying) to see a group of professionals, long used to doing something one way, find a whole new (and better) way to advance their craft.

After all, at what other convention are you going to spin the Wheel of Death to win a prize? Or add titles such as Principles of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis or Death Scene Investigation to the stack of light reading on your bedside table? Even got to bring home a bit of swag for the grandkids… who wouldn’t want to go to school with lunch in an Evidence Bag (covered with blood spatter) or a bright yellow neck lanyard boldly marked, CRIME SCENE – DO NOT CROSS?

Forensics books of every description

George McGovern (and Walter Cronkite) at the 1972 Democratic Convention

George McGovern on stage at the 1972 Democratic National Convention So here we are, at the very end of a presidential election campaign which, whatever its outcome, is the most bitter in my memory. And at the same time comes word of the death of George McGovern, the Democratic nominee from the 1972 race. A highly-decorated WWII bomber pilot, and later a U.S. Senator from South Dakota, McGovern’s loss to Richard Nixon in ’72 was by an enormous margin, in part due to their opposing views on the Vietnam War.

George Wallace supporter at 1972 convention I was in Miami for the Democratic Convention. There was a lot of confrontation, both in the streets (over the war) and in the convention center (over various candidates). There was much support for George Wallace, the Alabama governor and segregationist who had survived an assassination attempt earlier that year and addressed the convention from a wheelchair. But in the end it was McGovern and his running-mate, Thomas Eagleton who stood on the podium as the nominees. Eagleton soon left the ticket, after the disclosure of his previous electroshock treatments for depression.

George McGovern, Thomas Eagleton, and their wives at the 1972 DNC

Photojournalists and their state-of-the-art gear at the 1972 Democratic National ConventionThe gear that I and others in the press corps used to cover the convention, along with a great many rolls of Tri-X, is part of ancient photographic history now; I don’t think I had a lens longer than 200mm on my Nikon Fs. But looking through my files for the McGovern images, I came across a few frames that I had never printed before – Walter Cronkite in the CBS News ‘skybox’ from which he anchored the network’s total coverage of the convention. Thought I’d include one for those of you who remember him and the days when the three networks’ coverage were all the video options available.

Walter Cronkite in the CBS News booth at the 1972 DNC