The forensic photography archive of the New South Wales Justice & Police Museum has an amazing and fascinating collection of forensic and crime scene photography from NSW 1912 to 1964.
It contains an estimated 130,000 negatives – many of them available to view on their website which is under the umbrella of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.
Featured Image (left) . Hand signals for motorists, photographer and location unknown c 1923 (FP08_0014_005)
The collection of course contains many of the expected mug shots, crime scenes etc (warning - there are images of deceased people that can be quite disturbing and haunting) but in it are some photographs which transcend their original purpose – to become works of Art in their own right.
Read the fascinating story of this collection on the “From the Loft” BLOG run by the curators of this collection at the Police and Justice museum. The blog has in addition to the interesting background stories to some of the images – the occasional very appropriate verse or poetry which catapults the images into a wholly different dimension, as in the image below from the collection via From the Loft:
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