City of Shadows: Thugs, prostitutes, thieves and murderers

On weekends at the Justice & Police Museum in Sydney, Australia, visitors can see mugshots from a series of 2500 photographs taken by the New South Wales Police Department to keep track of their inmates from 1910-1930.  Curated by Peter Doyle, this exhibition called City of Shadows tells the stories of prostitutes, thieves, murderers, and thugs back in the day.  Doyle describes it as “an intimate, raw and hauntingly beautiful record of the mysterious people and dark places of a Sydney lost.”  With hand-written names and dates above street-clothed criminals, the forensic photographs are a fascinating relic of another era. – found at Visualnews.com

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