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Crooks Like Us

by: Peter Doyle
published by: Historic Houses Trust

"Crooks Like Us consists entirely of mug shots and the stories behind them of Sydney criminals, circa 1920s, selected from the vast forensic photography archive stored at the Justice & Police Museum in Sydney. . A great deal of work went into tracking down those stories - not easy, because the photos themselves are without any documentation, save for an inscription, often misspelt, on the negative itself.
The photos aren't like regular mug shots though -- they're subtle, intimate, lively, sometimes almost tender portraits complimented by Peter Doyle's wonderful insights and evocative writing.


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