Portraits de criminels australiens dans les années 1920

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  1. zsas

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    Yesterday someone here was asking about the look of photographs from the 1920s and it interested me, so in doing some Google searching I ran into the below site. Looks to be photographs of Australians from the 20's who were arrested for some offense or another and these are the mug shots. Quite a good photographer!

    http://www.laboiteverte.fr/portraits-de-criminels-australiens-dans-les-annees-1920/


    PE, el al: this ortho film? That why some of the eyes look white?
     
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    cool. thanks for posting

    too bad the charges aren't listed also...
     
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    I'm a crazed collector of mugshots. Most of mine are 40s-50s N. American. What struck me about these were the poses--full length, seated, 3/4, many casually posed looking almost relaxed. Most of mine are hard left/right/full-face headshots--tense, drunk, beaten-up, defiant, crazed, scared.

    None of mine ever have offences listed on the file card: just a file #, name, alias, race, sometimes DOB. Mugs were in a separate file away from rap sheets(record of arrest and prosecution) but still part of the sea of pre-electronic paper records.

    Very interesting shots. Thanks!
     
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    Ralph Lauren purchased the rights for some of these in the last year or two for advertising.

    See here.
     
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    There was a book published about these photos, titled "City of Shadows". No one knows who the photographers were, there were several of them; they were police photographers and that was the house style.
     
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    So not to sound toooo stupid, but how does one take dual shots on a 4x5 or whatever sheet format that was?
     
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    ^I was wondering the same!
     
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    I'd assume some type of masking device over the lens.
     
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    ... the first thing I did was look for relatives. :D

    Wonderful photos; thanks for the link.
     
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    That sounds reasonable. Has anyone ever seen some kind of rotating back negative holder that has masks? Could the photographers have done these vignettes on the same neg using a negative holder that had some kind of masking ability? As I think about it sounds pretty complex and I bet as you suggest, the photographer(s) were just taping cardboard with the masks cut out to get multiple non overlapping exposures per one negative
     
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    Well, i suppose if you had a 4x5 holder that a darkslide could slide in both sides....that's a possibility.
     
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    Some of these old mug shots are better than some "Professional art portraitists" I've seen.
     
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    Revolving back would have left one image upside down.

    Rotating back would have left one image inverted (i.e. 'round the wrong way/back to front).

    I'm going with masking.
     
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    ^Good theory, sounds most plausible.