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    Portraits de criminels australiens dans les années 1920

    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...s-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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    Quote Originally Posted by LJH View Post
    Ralph Lauren purchased the rights for some of these in the last year or two for advertising.

    See here.
    Thanks for that. It doesn't appear to be uncommon elsewhere and isn't without problems:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/28/us...20shots&st=cse

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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?
    K.S. Klain

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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.

    Wonderful photos; thanks for the link.

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