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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Historic Houses Trust Of New South Wales (December 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1876991348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1876991340
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By concerned reader on December 14, 2009
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Art is often best when it is unintended. A masterfully simple Biedermeier desk, the futuristic Parker 51 fountain pen, Bauhaus woven cloth, Japanese wabi sabi objects, Dieter Rams' appliances for BRAUN, or the Gill Sans type font, things like these were expressly conceived to be used every day and not live out their years in a museum. But they were so exceptional or singular that over time they rode the elevator up to art's top floor and stayed there. So too with photography. Whether it be Weegee or Vivian Mayer's black and white pictures of 1940's NY, Lartigue and Doisneau's day to day in Paris, LIFE magazine's coverage of the Great Depression, or even the best accidental Lomography work, what most people first thought were merely snapshots grew wings over the years and now live among the angels of art. One of my favorite books of 2009 is called CROOKS LIKE US by Peter Doyle. Doyle is an Australian who went through the forensic photography archive of the Justice and Police Museum in Sydney. His book is essentially a collection of 1920's mugshots. Black and white look-the-camera-right-in-the-eye photos of criminals who were caught and booked. Pickpockets, whores, grifters, murderers, small time losers, dope fiends, counterfeiters... all were arrested and momentarily memorialized with one straight on and one profile picture before going to trial. The astonishing thing about the compilation is both the unintentional beauty and composition of many of these photos. A friend who saw the book said most of the subjects look like they're either Thom Browne models or people you'd see in a GQ or VOGUE fashion spread. The men wear fedora hats tipped at jaunty angles, formal white shirts and ties, sharp looking tweed.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AlonzosMom on March 16, 2011
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The pictures are amazing and tastefully done. It's interesting that they're mugshots - they seem to be proud portraits.
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1 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David A. Mccrae on March 13, 2011
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For modern crooks, look through the Appendix of 'It Takes a Pillage.'. Real crooks don't look anything like these pictures.
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