Wednesday, March 23, 2011


just got this amazing book called:" CITY OF SHADOWS" by Peter Doyle and couldn't help sharing with you guys .

In the late 1980s, a vast collection of forensic crime photography, created by the New South Wales Police between 1912 and 1960, was rescued by the Historic Houses Trust from a flooded warehouse. This book draws on Peter Doyle's extensive research into these fascinating and often eerily beautiful images of everyday police investigation and crime scene recording in Sydney between 1912 and 1948. i was struck by the power of the photographs as they literally come alive on every pages.
these photos are rich in content because police photographers tried to get everything in focus, not like in professional photography. In this way, the images are strangely modern considering their lack of agenda and actually resemble the most modern European photographers or street photography. In fact, many of the mug shots taken at Sydney's police station look more like posed studio portraits than the rough mug shots we see today.


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