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    Portraits of Australian Criminals in the 1920s

    Kind of a redundant use of two words isn't it?

    However this copper was an artist!

    http://www.laboiteverte.fr/portraits...s-annees-1920/

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    Re: Portraits of Australian Criminals in the 1920s

    thanks for this link frank ..
    it amazes me how classy everyone
    looked in the 1920s ...

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    Re: Portraits of Australian Criminals in the 1920s

    I saw this book in Guggenheim Bilbao book shop some time ago. It was in English and short notes about folks pictured there was very interesting reading..
    Thanks,
    Igor.

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    Re: Portraits of Australian Criminals in the 1920s

    More in terms of trying to save money, I always admired the early mug shots at the
    Territorial Prison, in Yuma, AZ, USA.
    Arizona didn't become a state until 1912, the last of the lower 48.
    By using a mirror, they could get a face-on, and profile in one shot.

    http://www.roadtripamerica.com/places/yuma.htm

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    Re: Portraits of Australian Criminals in the 1920s

    This is a prime example of the Australian cultural cringe, theese are hosted in france. They are an odd lot in Australia. They should be very proud of theese.
    David

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    Re: Portraits of Australian Criminals in the 1920s

    It really makes me wonder why they were arrested. I see that "E. Falleni" has two photos, one of him wearing what I guess is some kind of work shirt, and the other of him in a three-piece suit. I wonder if even mug shots were special events, so they got themselves dressed up for it.

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    Re: Portraits of Australian Criminals in the 1920s

    Some criminology archives are full of high quality images.

    The reason?

    -They used quality equipment (Dallmeyer 19th C records show that many of their top objectives were sold direct to prisons!).

    -Frequent photographic sessions - a veritable studio atmosphere was possible.

    -Careful institutional storage (in many cases) whilst Photography Studios plates have mostly got thrown out (Norsigianitis). Private prints get "thinned out" with every new generation and storage is poor.

    -Subject matter required sharp and not soft images.

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    Re: Portraits of Australian Criminals in the 1920s

    Great link Frank. Thanks for posting this.

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    Re: Portraits of Australian Criminals in the 1920s

    These are from a book called "City of Shadows - Sydney Police Photographs 1912 - 1948" by Peter Doyle that was published back in 2005. There was an exhibition at the Police and Justice Museum at the same time. It is available on Amazon and I highly recommend it.

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    Re: Portraits of Australian Criminals in the 1920s

    You can dress um up but you can't take um out.

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