Public eye, private eye

Sydney police mug shots, 1912-1930

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Abstract

Peter Doyle’s work considers images from the NSW police collection limiting the discussion to offender portraits or ‘mug shots’ produced mostly in the 1920s. He finds in these images anomalous qualities of ‘presence’ and apparent agency in the subjects which go against established police photographic procedure of the day, and which more broadly challenge simplistic totalizing formulations of the photographic gaze as purely and inevitably authoritarian.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScan: journal of media arts culture
Volume2
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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Publisher version archived with the permission of the Editor, Scan, Department of Media, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia. This copy is available for individual, non-commercial use. Permission to reprint/republish this version for other uses must be obtained from the publisher.

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