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The Special Photographic Unit is the primary imaging operation of the FBI. The Unit captures, processes, produces, analyzes, archives, and disseminates images using traditional, silver-based photographic processes and digital imaging technologies. The Unit is responsible for the following:

  • Crime scene and evidentiary photography

  • Forensic photography

  • Surveillance photography

  • Aerial photography

  • Venue photography

  • Tactical imaging

  • Photographic scanners

  • Field photographic equipment

  • Regional photographic processing color minilaboratories

  • Silver-based and digital darkrooms

  • Digital imaging technologies

  • Courtroom presentations and exhibits

  • Expert testimony

  • Photographic training

For more information about photographic evidence or the Special Photographic Unit, see the Photographic Images section of the Handbook of Forensic Services.

Graphic showing a photograph of brick flooring at a crime scene
 

Graphic showing a photograph of brick flooring with shoe treads
Crime scene photographs of
brick flooring and shoeprints

Graphic showing shoe tread

Photograph showing the tread
on an athletic shoe

A photographic map


Above: Photographic representation of a
crime scene and the location of evidence

Right: Photograph of postblast
damage to a building in Africa.

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Photograph of a tank piece
with identifying markings 
 
Graphic showing postblast damage to a building

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Information revised October 2000