Collection of 1920s Vintage Police Mug Shots Are Striking, Timeless Portraits
During the 1920s, a photographer working for the Sydney, Australia Police Department took mug shots of all newly arrested suspects. This anonymous photographer created a series of images that are powerful portraits and also a remarkable historical record.
Comparing these vintage images to modern mug shots, the differences between the 1920s and the 2010s are striking. From the image of a dismayed and old looking Dominique Strauss-Kahn to a drunk and wasted Nick Nolte
, modern mug shots, particularly of the famous, convey the message, “look how far the mighty have fallen.” They are like...
Source: Imaging Resource