Oil Sketch from mugshot
A5 canvas paper
CROOKS LIKE US
By Peter DOYLE
Discover the real underbelly of Sydney History. Crooks Like Us offers a glimpse into the fascinating lives of Sydney’s razor gangs, con artists, bagmen, drug dealers and house breakers of the early 20th century. Illustrated with forensic photography from the Justice and Police Museum archives, Peter Doyle takes the reader on a journey behind the police photographs, uncovering details of the crime and the person in the shot. Each photograph in this book was taken of criminals just after their arrest and before they faced a court: a rare historical offering.
Peter Doyle is the author of City of Shadows: Sydney Police photographs, 1912-1948 (with Caleb Williams), which like this book, draws on the forensic photography archive at the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney.
The forensic photography blog from the Police and Justice Museum featuring new finds, and their favorites as they catalog the archive.
The forensic photography archive within the Justice & Police Museum was originally created by the NSW police between 1912 and 1964 and contains an estimated 130,000 negatives. The archive may be the biggest police photography collection of its type in the southern hemisphere, and offers the standard fare of police investigation: mug shots, accident scenes and crime photography.