“Scene of the Crime”: it makes one think of Weegee and other journalists armed with flashbulbs, roaming the city streets at night, chasing calls from the local police radio. The PDNB gallery is offering a more historical look at the subject, providing an overview of the history of forensic photography and American law enforcement in the 20th century.
The exhibition features a large collection of anthropometric portraits, developed by Alphonse Bertillon in 1882 and quickly adopted by the British and American police, with detailed measurements of each suspect and descriptions of their physical characteristics, which allowed for swift identification.
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