Mug Shots: An Archive of the Famous, Infamous, and Most Wanted

Mug Shots: An Archive of the Famous, Infamous, and Most Wanted

by Raynal Pellicer
     
 

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Since Alphonse Bertillon developed the “anthropometric photograph” in 1882, the mug shot has been an essential police procedure around the world. Now available in paperback, Mug Shots presents more than 250 booking photos spanning the history of this practice—the faces of mafia bosses and cold-blooded killers, as well as enemies of the

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Since Alphonse Bertillon developed the “anthropometric photograph” in 1882, the mug shot has been an essential police procedure around the world. Now available in paperback, Mug Shots presents more than 250 booking photos spanning the history of this practice—the faces of mafia bosses and cold-blooded killers, as well as enemies of the state and prominent political activists.

On display in this international selection are notorious faces such as Al Capone, Fidel Castro, O. J. Simpson, and Robert Stroud, the “Birdman of Alcatraz,” as well as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and Jane Fonda. Accompanying these gripping images is an illuminating commentary that puts both the criminals and their crimes in historical context, reconstructing some of the most dramatic events of the 20th century.

Editorial Reviews

Steven Heller
This well-designed book took form when Pellicer, a French documentary film producer and director, uncovered caches of mug shots preserved on glass plates, film negatives or paper prints at the Police Headquarters Museum in Paris and the National Archives in France and the United States. Brief but informative accounts accompany the images and "are intended to report reality and give the facts without ever interpreting them," Pellicer writes. "This is first and foremost a book of stories, not a history book." Indeed, these faces tell some amazing stories.
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810996120
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Raynal Pellicer is a director who has produced many documentaries, films, and television shows, including a series of 100 short films of people reacting to various art works. He was honored with the 1993 TV Director’s Grant in France. He is also the author of the upcoming Photobooth.

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